John A. Garcia, Cabinet Secretary
Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham appointed John A. Garcia in October 2021 to serve as Cabinet secretary of the New Mexico Department of General Services.
Garcia served as tourism secretary and later economic development secretary under Gov. Gary Johnson. He also held leadership positions under Johnson with the Department of Cultural Affairs, Border Authority and State Fair. Most recently, Garcia was executive vice president of the Home Builders Association of Central New Mexico. Prior to that, he headed the economic development offices for the city of Albuquerque and the University of New Mexico.
Garcia also has experience in the hospitality industry and has worked as a customer service consultant.
Garcia has a bachelor’s degree from the Anderson School of Management at the University of New Mexico. He lives in Albuquerque.
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