F. Chris Garcia’s Commitment to Public Service

While his main contribution to the Albuquerque community has been through his Political Science instruction at the University of New Mexico, Distinguished Professor Emeritus F. Chris Garcia has also dedicated his time to serving the community with him. The 4th-generation Burqueño has been an active member in his community, working to improve the lives of others through his service.

On a local level, Garcia has worked with the City of Albuquerque Charter Revision Task Force as well as the Albuquerque Good Government Group’s Education Task Force and Citizenship Education Network. He has also served as a member the Albuquerque Public Schools’ Educational Futures Long Range Planning Consortium and has shared his political insights with local TV news stations for over 25 years. He has been committed to improving the quality of education within the Albuquerque community, and has worked with political departments to research public opinion and the psychology behind voting trends to develop education reform practices that will be favorable among voters.

F. Chris Garcia has also made more broad contributions to the greater New Mexico community. He has worked with various groups housed within the New Mexico State Board of Education, including the Taskforce on High School Civics Education. Garcia has also worked with Think New Mexico, a think tank committed to improving the situation of members of the New Mexico community that are lacking strong representation in politics. Garcia has spent his career contributing to both the academic and political enhancement of the minds in his local and regional community, and his impact on the lives of many New Mexicans continues to be seen today.