Gov. Susana Martinez tapped the city of Rio Rancho’s former economic development and business relations manager to head the state’s Economic Development Department.
Martinez announced the appointment of Matt Geisel as the secretary-designate of the Economic Development Department on Tuesday.
“Matt knows firsthand what it takes to bring new jobs and investment to our state,” Martinez said in a statement. “He was with me when we first met with executives from Facebook in the Bay Area; he’s a proven leader who will continue to spread the message that New Mexico is open for business.”
Geisel said he was “humbled and honored” by the governor’s appointment.
“I’m looking forward to continuing efforts to diversify New Mexico’s economy,” Geisel said. “By building on our business friendly environment through balanced and responsible regulations, lower taxes, and targeted incentives, we’ll be able to continue creating more quality jobs for New Mexicans.”
The position was open because former secretary Jon Barela announced earlier this year he was leaving to become the CEO of a non-profit that promotes business at the border.
Martinez praised Barela on his way out.
Geisel was previously the vice-chair of the New Mexico Economic Development Partnership. It was in this capacity, according to the governor’s office, that he traveled with Martinez to California to speak with Facebook.