COMMISSIONER Karen montoya - District 1
Commissioners :: District 1


Karen L. Montoya, Chairwoman
Commissioner - District 1

1120 Paseo De Peralta
P.O. Box 1269
Santa Fe, New Mexico 87504
(505) 827-8015


New Mexico Public Regulation Commissioner Karen L. Montoya represents the state’s most densely populated area, District 1, which includes most of Albuquerque. Before joining the PRC, Commissioner Montoya served two terms as Bernalillo County Assessor, and holds the distinction of being the first woman elected to that office. There, she handled complex property matters related to agricultural valuation, real estate appraisal, commercial appraisal and assessment administration.

Throughout her career, Commissioner Montoya has made it a personal priority to maintain trust, accountability, integrity and transparency at every level.  As a Commissioner for the PRC, she will continue to bring that high level of service to the people of New Mexico. 

Prior to becoming an elected official, Commissioner Montoya was employed as a appraiser for 15 years, working at the New Mexico Property Tax Division and the Bernalillo County Assessor’s Office. As a part of her assessor’s work she successfully completed coursework at the University of New Mexico, TVI, and the International Association of Assessing Officers to qualify as a New Mexico certified appraiser, the highest designation awarded by the state of New Mexico.

During her time in state and local governments, she was chair of the New Mexico Valuation Protest Board. She also served as chair of the New Mexico Association of Counties Property Tax Task Force from 2008 to 2009, and as vice-chair of the New Mexico Association of Assessing Officers from 2007 to 2009. Upon her completion of her term as County Assessor in 2012, she was honored by the Bernalillo County Board of Commissioners for her dedicated service to the people of Bernalillo County.

In addition to her work on the PRC, Commissioner Montoya serves as the Vice President of the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. State Commission, and serves on the Western Interstate Energy Board State Provincial Steering Committee, and the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners Water Committee.

At the PRC Commissioner Montoya has been the leading voice in advocating for better integration of utilities and renewable energy technologies. Commissioner Montoya has also worked on several issues and cases to help consumers and industries find middle ground to ensure fair and reasonable rates, and to assure reasonable and adequate services are provided to the public as provided by law. In addition, Commissioner Montoya has worked to provide outreach to her District by hosting town hall events to discuss regulated issues and concerns with constituents and service providers. The Commissioner has continued her commitment to ethics and education by participating in several ethics training courses for elected officials and professional education conferences nationwide. The Commissioner also has served on several discussion panels nationwide providing her outlook on issues facing the Commission, regulated industries, and ratepayers.

Commissioner Montoya is a 12th generation New Mexican and a native of Albuquerque.

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Commissioner Montoya's Staff:

Chris Khoury

Phone: (505) 827-8015
EMail: Chris.Khoury@state.nm.us

Karen Montoya is the Commissioner of the 1st District of the Public Regulation Commission.

District 1 is shown as the purple area on the map below.

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