F. Chris Garcia - Fourth-Generation Albuquerque an

Heritage is very important to F. Chris Garcia, who values his family history of residing in his hometown of Albuquerque for four generations. What’s more impressive is that he is the 13th generation in his family’s lineage to reside in the greater New Mexico area. With the birth and rearing of his two daughters, the family tree has extended to a 14th generation of New Mexican heritage.

Because of his deep ties to the Albuquerque and New Mexico communities, ensuring their well-being and development is very important to F. Chris Garcia. He has worked with the City of Albuquerque Charter Revision Taskforce to evaluate and reorient the aims of the city in the future, and he has served as a member of the Albuquerque Good Government Group, providing his political insight on the group’s functionality to help develop Albuquerque into a stronger city.

Garcia learned a great deal about politics at his alma mater, the University of New Mexico, from which he earned both his Bachelor and Master of Arts degrees in Political Science. He left Albuquerque in 1964 to work on his Doctorate from the University of California, Davis, Garcia returned to the Land of Enchantment to teach Political Science at his alma mater in 1970. For over 40 years, Garcia taught students the various components of Political Science and significantly impacted the educational development of his students. Following in his footsteps, Garcia has inspired his two daughters to also pursue higher education at UNM.