Arthur A. Garcia was named the State Director for USDA Rural Development in New Mexico on November 27, 2017. He brings a mixture of public and private experience to the position. He has worked for IBM and Johnson and Johnson before a long career in banking.
Arthur joined the USDA April 1, 2002 as the Administrator of the Rural Housing Service in Washington DC. It was his pleasure to serve in this capacity until May 2004. In May 2004 he was asked by the White House to become the Director of the CDFI Fund at the US Department of the Treasury. Arthur was the Director from May 2004 until December 6, 2006. In 2006 he was able to return to New Mexico and the Agency he truly believes provides a much needed service to rural America. At that time he accepted the position of Housing Program Director for Rural Development, New Mexico. It has been his privilege to serve as the Program Director for nearly 11 years. He is truly enthused, as State Director, to utilize his background and experience as a member of the USDA and Rural Development team to improve the lives of rural New Mexicans.
Arthur holds a Bachelor’s degree in government from NMSU a Masters in finance and an MBA degree from Webster University.