Darrell Garcia has dedicated much of his professional career to improving education in the state of New Mexico. As a licensed educator and administrator, Darrell has taught and experienced public education across the entire public education continuum. After earning his BBA from Colorado State University and his MA in Elementary Education from the University of New Mexico, Darrell began a teaching career within the Albuquerque Public School system on Albuquerque’s west side. He had the unique opportunity to become a founding instructor at what has become one of New Mexico’s premier public charter schools, Cottonwood Classical Preparatory School. As Darrell began to serve in more administrative roles, he decided to return to school and earned his MBA from the UNM Anderson School of Management. Darrell worked in higher education from 2013-2018 serving as the Director of Alumni and Constituent Relations at his alma mater, the UNM Anderson School of Management where he oversaw alumni relations, annual giving, and board operations for the Anderson School’s constituent boards. Darrell continued teaching by serving as a professional faculty member for the Anderson School teaching Career Management Skills to undergraduate business school students. Darrell serves as the Assistant Vice President of Community Relations and Financial Capability for Nusenda Credit Union, where he oversees Nusenda’s financial literacy education classes, programs, and partnerships across the state. Nusenda’s deep commitment to education provides Darrell the opportunity to impact education across all levels throughout New Mexico.