Chief Government Relations Officer Search

After a nationwide search, Michael Puelle has been selected to be UNM’s Chief Government Relations Officer, effective October 10, 2022.

“I am thrilled to welcome Michael to the UNM leadership team,” said UNM President Garnett S. Stokes. “He has embraced public service throughout his career and brings us the ideal combination of strength as an administrator and extensive experience at all levels of government, including community relations and legislative strategy.”

Puelle has more than 30 years of public policy and government relations experience in government, nonprofit and private sectors. Since 2020, Puelle has served as the Chief of Staff for the Mayor of the City of Albuquerque. Prior to that, he held the position of Chief Executive Officer and Director of Public Policy and Government Relations for Associated General Contractors (AGC) New Mexico. He has built positive and extensive relationships within Albuquerque and across New Mexico, as well as having a comprehensive understanding of policy and decision-making at the federal level.