Mayor Hires a Chief of Staff
Updated: Sep 26
By: ABQRAW staff
Posted: 9/25/2023 @ 2:00PM
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Veronica Martinez - CABQ Chief of Staff
Everybody should have a Chief of Staff on staff, we at ABQRAW have long considered making Lalo our crime dog our very own COS since we don't have the budget to recruit a prestigious lady like this one. Mayor Tim Keller beat us to the punch and appointed one first.
Today, the city announced Mayor Tim Keller has appointed Veronica Martinez to the key position of Chief of Staff for the City of Albuquerque. In this role, Martinez will manage and direct the day-to-day operations of the Office of Mayor, supervising a number of areas including public affairs, constituent services, communications, intergovernmental relations, strategic initiatives, community engagement, and administrative functions.
Martinez is a seasoned leader with over 20 years of experience in government, management, sales, technology, and operations who brings a wealth of expertise to the Chief of Staff position. Her career has been marked by a consistent successful record, from management of global and national teams to spearheading the startup of the first dedicated Acquisition Team at HP Corporate and Commercial sales, resulting in over $500 million in revenue and over $1 billion in total contract value. She excels in strategic planning, finding solutions to complex issues, and partner engagement. Her current position as Sales Acceleration Lead for Global Software Sales and other key roles has equipped Veronica with the skills to navigate complex challenges, deliver results, and foster collaboration, which make her a valuable asset to Albuquerque and its residents.
Veronica also brings a vast background in public policy to this role through her previous congressional work and volunteer support with local unions. Veronica has also demonstrated a commitment and social responsibility to the Albuquerque community through extensive volunteer and fundraising efforts. As the Executive Director and Head Coach of New Mexico Sol, a non-profit USA Track & Field-affiliated running club, she provided leadership and athletic training to youth athletes from underserved communities and she also led various fundraising initiatives to support scholarships, address the needs of underserved communities, and other individuals in need. Veronica was nominated and formally recognized by FBI Director Christopher Wray for extraordinary service to her community during the Director’s Community Leadership Awards ceremony at FBI Headquarters in Washington, D.C. Veronica is a current, active board member of the New Mexico Activities Association Foundation, where she continues to be involved in the lives of young New Mexicans by providing scholarships for secondary education.
Veronica Martinez is a native Northern New Mexican where her rich Hispanic heritage and New Mexican roots extend to the 1400’s and beyond. She has resided in the Albuquerque area for over 30 years with her husband of 24 years, a retired Santa Fe Fire Department Battalion Chief, and four children who have attended New Mexico public schools.
The City transparency portal does not currently list her salary due to her being a newly hired city employee. We expect her salary to be in the $200,000 plus category. We want to wish Mrs Martinez a very successful tenure with the city and look forward to working around her.