Chris Garcia has enjoyed an accomplished career in the field of academics, having been a part of the UNM academic community for much of his life. Now a UNM Professor Emeritus (F. Chris Garcia) of Political Science, Garcia is noted for devoting over 40 years of his career to the UNM faculty, particularly to the College of Arts and Sciences Department of Political Science.
Though most of his professional life was devoted to academic endeavors, F. Chris Garcia spent a significant portion of his time serving local organizations throughout the Albuquerque and New Mexico communities. Garcia has always taken an active approach to community involvement, exhibiting the motivation, drive and desire to be a more influential and active part of efforts to improve and sustain a healthy and vibrant community for all future generations.
Chris Garcia was recently a longtime member of the Think New Mexico Board of Directors (2005-2011), as well as a member of the National Hispanic Cultural Center Board of Directors (2003-2004), a position he enjoyed as the result of a gubernatorial appointment. He served on the City of Albuquerque Charter Revision Task Force from 1998 to 1999, and was involved with the Albuquerque Good government Group, in a variety of capacities, between 1988 and 1996.
Garcia also enjoyed the chance to serve on the Advisory Board of the CONTACT organization from 1989 to 1993, and to have been a leader on the Albuquerque Civic Light Opera Association Board of Directors between 1985 and 1991, particularly as President (Chris Garcia) (1987) and as Vice President (1986).