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Eric Griego

UNM Center for Health Policy
Eric Griego is currently a strategic consultant working on local economic development issues for local governments, foundations and non-profit organizations. He was a former Assistant Secretary of Economic Development for the State of New Mexico, where he coordinated local and rural economic development efforts around the state. He also served for three years as the Chairman of the State Economic Development Commission, overseeing the state’s strategic planning efforts. As an Albuquerque City Councilman from 2002-2005 he led the Council’s local economic development efforts including passing the Local Economic Development Act, helping launch a small business incubator, and leading the city’s downtown redevelopment efforts. While on City Council he also served as President of the New Mexico Municipal League, advocating for the state’s 102 incorporated municipalities. As New Mexico State Senator from 2009-2012 he passed legislation supporting green jobs, local economic development, and infrastructure projects in underserved communities. He is currently a Fellow at the Business Alliance for Local Living Economies and a Fellow at the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Center for Health Policy at UNM, where he studies the relationship between local economic development, health and public policy.