Mayor Keller Announces New Director of Operations and Additions to City Leadership — City of Albuquerque

As part of the second term transition, the mayor continues to fulfill critical roles in the city to support important initiatives and operations. Katarina Sandoval will join the City as Chief Operating Officer (COO), working to ensure effective and efficient delivery of City services across multiple departments. Kata brings years of public service experience, serving as assistant secretary of academic engagement and student success for the New Mexico Department of Public Education, as well as director of studies and associate superintendent of Albuquerque Public Schools. She becomes the first woman to serve as chief operating officer in the city’s modern history.

“Throughout my career, I have been dedicated to helping great New Mexico organizations be more efficient and better able to meet public expectations and impact the daily lives of people from all walks of life. . Now I am ready to help our administration make Albuquerque a safer, more innovative, and more inclusive city,” said Kata Sandoval, Director of Operations. “Together with our department heads, I am confident that we can advance the key priorities facing Duke City.”

The mayor’s office is also bringing in Annie Manriquez, deputy chief of staff, and Bob White, deputy chief executive to round out the leadership team.

“Each of these hires plays a key role in helping us keep things running smoothly and enabling us to advance key priorities, from public safety to homelessness and housing, to investing in growth. of our city,” said Mayor Tim Keller. “These leaders bring a complementary mix of experiences to our office.”

“I am grateful for the opportunity to serve the administration and the people of Albuquerque,” said Annie Manriquez, Deputy Chief of Staff. “I look forward to bringing strategic insight to the processes and initiatives of the Mayor’s office to consistently achieve positive results for our city.

“I am very excited to join the city and use my experience to help achieve great goals for Albuquerque,” ​​said Bob White, Assistant General Manager. “There’s important work ahead, and I look forward to collaborating across the city to get it done.

Katarina Sandoval, Director of Operations

Kata Sandoval is currently the Undersecretary for Finance and Operations and Academic Engagement and Student Success at the New Mexico Department of Public Education. She and her team collectively oversee the implementation of several federal and state programs that total over $1 billion, including audit, accounting, budget, capital expenditures, tax subsidy management, l supply and transportation. Additionally, she and her team oversee programs that support student health and well-being, extended learning, extracurricular and enrichment activities outside of school, community schools, attendance, and support systems. Kata is a proud graduate of West Mesa High School, with a bachelor’s degree from Stanford University and a master’s degree from Harvard University. She is also the proud mother of three children who attend public schools in New Mexico.

Annie Manriquez, Deputy Chief of Staff

Prior to joining the City of Albuquerque, Manriquez served as Senior Advisor to Governor Lujan Grisham for Cyber ​​and Critical Infrastructure and prior to that spent over a decade in Washington DC where she earned a reputation for creating innovative solutions for complex organizational, financial and national issues. security problems in several presidential administrations. At MITER Corporation, a Federally Funded Research and Development Corporation (FFRDC), Annie led the intelligence analysis and strategy department and worked with executive branch agencies to revise and modernize government programs. of several billion dollars. Manriquez held previous positions at the Woodrow Wilson Center for International Scholars, the Department of Energy’s National Nuclear Security Administration and Congresswoman Ellen O. Tauscher. She graduated from the University of California at Santa Barbara.

Bob White, Assistant General Manager

Bob White has over 40 years of experience as a lawyer and public servant, formerly an Assistant City Attorney and City Attorney. He is an expert in land, administrative and governmental law. He has widely shared his legal expertise with private and public entities across the state. White was also elected Albuquerque Alderman from 1979 to 1983, where he served as Council President in 1983. He has served on the boards of various community organizations working to advance equity and the arts.

White graduated from the University of New Mexico and received his JD from the University of Houston Law School.

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