Chris Garcia is a noted longtime member of the University of New Mexico academic community, though he is also the recognized founder and former President (F. Garcia) of Zia Research Associates, Inc., the first organization of its kind to provide full-service opinion survey research (polling of public opinion) in the state of New Mexico. Garcia held this post from 1973 to 1995, providing skilled leadership to the organization for more than 22 years.
As Zia Research Associates President, F. Chris Garcia, along with Zia co-founders, designed, supervised and conducted opinion survey research, as well as the performance of statistical analysis of data. As leader of Zia Research, Garcia both wrote and presented results and reports of statistics surrounding public and electorate opinion polls. During his Zia leadership tenure, Garcia also provided both local and national media, including such local stations as KRQE, KOAT, KOB, and local publication the Albuquerque Journal, with expert political and election analysis. He also held the position of New Mexico Election Supervisor for national NBC-TV elections for several years of his tenure.
Chris Garcia, an insightful expert on the field of elections, politics and campaigns, has long been a trusted voice of supported and balanced analysis and evaluation of political and election trends, statistics and more. Throughout the course of his career, both as President of Zia Research and as UNM Professor, Garcia has been looked to as an insightful and knowledgeable source of information concerning the political arena, a quality that has served many well both within and outside the classroom.