Michael Puelle Selected to Lead UNM Government Relations : UNM Newsroom
University of New Mexico President Garnett S. Stokes announced the appointment of Michael Puelle as UNM’s Director of Government Relations, following a nationwide search. He will join the UNM leadership team on October 10, 2022.
UNM’s Office of Government and Community Relations reports directly to the Office of the President, with the Director of Government Relations having strategic oversight of all government and community relations activities and how they intersect with campus constituents, as well as external engagement at the local, state, and federal level.
“I am delighted to welcome Michael to the UNM leadership team,” said Stokes. “He has embraced public service throughout his career and brings us the ideal combination of strength as an administrator and extensive experience at all levels of government, including community relations and legislative strategy.”
Puelle has over 30 years of experience in public policy and government relations in the public, not-for-profit and private sectors. As of 2020, Puelle has served as Chief of Staff to the Mayor of the City of Albuquerque. Previously, he served as Managing Director and Director of Public Policy and Government Relations for Associated General Contractors (AGC) in New Mexico. He established positive and extensive relationships within Albuquerque and across New Mexico, as well as a comprehensive understanding of federal politics and decision-making.
“I am thrilled and proud to join UNM because it is an institution that creates such a significant and positive impact for families and communities across the state,” Puelle said. “I look forward to working with leaders and stakeholders – especially students – connected with the university community to expand these impacts and seize the opportunities before us.”
Puelle received a bachelor’s degree in political science from the University of Connecticut and a master’s degree in public management from the University of Maryland.
Nathan Bush, who joined UNM as Associate Director of the Office of Government and Community Relations in 2020, has served as the Acting Director of Government Relations since November 2021. “I am sincerely grateful for the dedicated and thoughtful leadership Nathan has provided. brought to the position and the University,” Stokes said. “His energy, insight, and collaborative approach to UNM’s government and community relations efforts have been invaluable, and I look forward to his continued service to the University.”