Ryan Gleason
7427 Tricia Rd NE
Albuquerque, NM  87113
Expertise in all areas of management with proven track record of accomplishment.  Talent for identifying and analyzing problems, improving procedures, and implementing effective solutions.  Proven senior-level experience in executive decision-making, policy direction, legislative processes, financial and personnel management, and strategic planning.



NM Department of Finance and Administration, Santa Fe, NM                 Nov 2011 – Present
Local Government Division Director

  • Oversee day-to-day operations of the Local Government division which includes managing a staff of approximately 45 employees
  • Responsible for administering New Mexico’s Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program, the Local DWI program, the Enhanced 911 program, as well as providing financial oversight of New Mexico’s 137 counties and municipalities
  • Upon the suspension of the City of Sunland Park’s Finance Director and Purchasing Agent, assumed their duties and the responsibilities for overseeing the City’s finances
  • Advise the Governor and the Department Secretary on community and economic development, local government financial, and local DWI issues, as well as capital outlay for local governments
  • Serve as the Department Secretary’s designee on the Community Development Council, the Tribal Infrastructure Board, and the Water Trust Board

NM House of Representatives, Santa Fe, NM                                                                         Sept 2011
Legislative Counsel (during Special Session)

  • The Governor called a Special Session to address redistricting of the NM House, NM Senate, US Congress, Public Regulatory Commission and Public Education Commission
  • Advised the Republican Caucus on redistricting; worked with members of the caucus and demographers to develop maps

Rio Rancho Economic Dev. Corp. (RREDC), Rio Rancho, NM                    Jun 2011 – Aug 2011

  • The RREDC is a 501(c)(6) non-profit that is funded by local city and county governments and contributions from the private sector with a mission of creating and retaining jobs in the area
  • Returned to Rio Rancho at the request of the RREDC President to develop a proposal to Sandoval County to provide countywide economic development services

Texoma Council of Governments (TCOG), Sherman, TX                            May 2009 – Feb 2011
Government Services Director

  • TCOG is a voluntary association of three counties, 36 cities, school districts, chambers of commerce, and economic development organizations within the three-county area
  • Oversaw the staff working on the COG’s 9-1-1, GIS, Economic Development, Criminal Justice, Homeland Security, Municipal Solid Waste, and Transportation programs
  • Lead the successful process to rewrite the COG’s bylaws, bringing them into compliance with state law and increasing the efficiency of operations
  • Managed grants from the EDA, TX Department of Transportation, and the TX Department of Rural Affairs
  • Advised the Executive Director and Governing Board on day-to-day operations of the COG and long-term policy directions
  • As part of the Senior Management Team, evaluate the operations and organizational structure of each department to address inefficiencies, including fiscal and spatial
  • Served as the webmaster and press secretary, ensuring that information concerning the organization is disseminated in a timely and accurate manner

USDA Rural Development, Albuquerque, NM                                                  May 2006 – Jan 2009
State Director

  • USDA Rural Development administers more than eighty guaranteed loan, direct loan, and grant programs in areas which include business, housing, infrastructure and community development
  • Appointed by the President of the United States with the responsibility for delivering Rural Development’s wide range of programs throughout New Mexico
  • Represented the Administration at conferences, check presentations, and groundbreakings
  • In Fiscal Year 2008, led Rural Development-New Mexico to the most productive year ever with more than $85 million in programmatic activity
  • Managed an administrative budget of more than $4.5 million
  • Oversaw a staff of 54 employees located in six offices throughout New Mexico
  • Made personnel decisions, including hiring, firing, promoting, and disciplining staff as appropriate
  • Ensured organizational compliance with all appropriate laws, regulations, and agency rules

New Mexico House of Representatives, Santa Fe, NM                                 Jan 2006 – Feb 2006
Legislative Analyst (during the Legislative Session)

  • Legislative Session during even-numbered years is thirty days, dealing only with budgetary issues and those that are specified by the Governor
  • Advised Minority Leader and Minority Whip on legislative and constitutional issues
  • Analyzed House Judiciary Committee legislation and advised members during Committee Meetings

Rio Rancho Economic Dev. Corp. (RREDC), Rio Rancho, NM                Nov 2005 – May 2006
Research/Data Manager

  • Conducted Retention and Expansion surveys to determine future needs of individual businesses
  • Assisted in preparing proposals to companies looking to relocate to Rio Rancho

Republican Party of New Mexico, Albuquerque, NM                                       Jul 2005 – Oct 2005
Deputy Executive Director – Financial Development

  • Oversaw Direct Mail and Telemarketing programs
  • Participated in planning and implementation of fundraising events

United States Senator Pete V. Domenici, Washington, DC                         Dec 2001 – Aug 2004
Legislative Assistant

  • Legislative portfolio included Homeland Security, Judiciary and Judicial Nominations, Commerce, Taxes, Transportation, and the Federal Budget
  • Coordinated the effort to bring chartered air service to the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center in Artesia, NM
  • Participated in developing a strategy and executing the plan to have the federal government purchase the town of Playas, NM for use as the National Emergency Response Training Center
  • Advised in the selection of New Mexico candidates for nomination to the federal bench; guided nominees through the confirmation process
  • Coordinated the development of the Senator’s priorities for the Homeland Security and Transportation appropriations bills
  • Worked with the Press Secretary to disseminate accurate, appropriate information about the Senator’s activities throughout New Mexico

US Dept. of Housing & Urban Development, Washington, DC                    Jul 2001 – Dec 2001
Presidential Management Fellow

  • Worked as a contract specialist in the Office of the Chief Procurement Officer
  • Participated in the development and issuance of Requests for Proposals

New Mexico House of Representatives, Santa Fe, NM                                 Jan 2001 – Mar 2001
Legislative Analyst (during the Legislative Session)

  • Legislative Sessions during odd-numbered years are sixty days
  • Analyzed House Judiciary Committee legislation and advised members during Committee Meetings

United States Attorney’s Office, Lubbock, TX                                                  Jan 2000 – Dec 2000
Law Clerk

  • Researched and wrote responses to District Court Motions and 5th Circuit Court of Appeals Briefs
  • Worked with Assistant United States Attorneys in preparing for trial


Grayson County College, Denison, TX                                                                  Jan 2010 – May 2010
Adjunct Professor of Government

  • Taught courses in American Government, including topics such as: the US Constitution; federalism; the legislative, executive, and judicial branches; foreign policy, and public policy


State Bar of New Mexico


Texas Tech School of Law, Lubbock, Texas
Doctor of Jurisprudence, December 2000

Texas Tech University, Center for the Public Service, Lubbock, Texas
Master of Public Administration, December 2000

McMurry University, Abilene, Texas
Bachelor of Arts in History, Minor in Religion, May 1996


Married with three sons, ages 7, 6, and 3.


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