2020 Convocation Keynote Speaker

Julie Morgas Baca, County Manager, Bernalillo County

2020-jmbMorgas Baca is dedicated to open government, transparency and proactive community relations. Morgas Baca, a former Bernalillo County deputy county manager, was unanimously chosen for the county’s top job by the Bernalillo County Commission in September 2015. She brings a wealth of experience in public administration, public finance and budgeting, legislative relations, media relations, government employer/employee relations, intergovernmental/community relations and business/community relations.


From 1995 to 2003, she served as fiscal director of the Second Judicial District Court, where she oversaw a $40 million operating budget, drafted and analyzed legislative requests and bills and presented before statewide legislative bodies and committees.


From 2004 to 2011, she served as deputy county manager for Community Services, where she was responsible for the long-range planning and coordination of Parks and Recreation, Housing, Building, Planning and Zoning, Environmental Health, Economic Development, Cultural Services, Social Services/nonprofit grants community services functions. Bernalillo County’s award-winning Open Space Program flourished during her tenure.


Most recently, she was president and CEO of the National Hispanic Cultural Center Foundation, where from 2013-15 she was responsible for the fiscal integrity of the organization. Her responsibilities included maintaining annual budgets and financial statements, raising funds and carrying out programs that supported the organization’s mission.


Morgas Baca holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration from the University of Phoenix and received the designation as fellow of the National Institute of Court Management. She was born in Tooele, Utah, a small town just outside of Salt Lake City. She was raised in El Paso, TX and has three older brothers. She is married to former Chief District Court Judge Ted Baca and they have a daughter, Celina, who attends the University of New Mexico.


Morgas Baca continues to do her job while being guided by one of her favorite sayings: “Never forget where you came from; never mistake kindness for weakness and always treat everyone with dignity and respect.”


To the 2020 graduates of the UNM School of Public Administration
As you embark on the next phase of your career, I encourage you to commit to understanding, recognizing, and hopefully practicing servant leadership in your work world and community.  Do not confuse leadership with authority.  Authentic leadership serves, is concerned about the greater good, does the right thing even though it may be harder than doing the easier thing, recognizes strengths and weaknesses of others, wants to help others experience success, and knows that success takes a team effort to achieve and sustain. Congratulations and best wishes on your new journey!

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