Debbie O'Malley brings more than twenty years of strong, effective public service to the position of commissioner for District 1 - first as a neighborhood leader, actively working for redevelopment of her historic, working-class community; to nine years as an Albuquerque City Councilor, focusing on public safety, workforce housing and neighborhood planning and revitalization.
As founder and first executive director of the Sawmill Community Land Trust, Debbie spearheaded the planning and development of Arbolera de Vida, a multi-million dollar, award-winning, nationally acclaimed revitalization project in the Sawmill/Old Town neighborhood.
Debbie has served as Albuquerque City Council President and Vice President, and is currently the Chair of the Middle Rio Grande Council of Governments. An Albuquerque native, she has lived the economic challenges facing working families.
Debbie and her husband of 38 years, Mike, are the proud parents of two daughters, April and Kristy, and three grandchildren, Evan, Aiden and Hope.
Record of Leadership
Albuquerque City Councilor, 2003-present
Vice-President, City Council, 2012
Chair, Mid-Region Council of Governments, 2011-present
Chair, Metropolitan Transportation Board, MRCOG, 2009-2010
Chair, City Council Land Use and Zoning Committee, 2006, 2009
Vice-President, Albuquerque City Council, 2008
President, Albuquerque City Council, 2007
Vice-Chair, Metropolitan Transportation Board, MRCOG, 2006-2007
Chair, City Council Committee of the Whole, 2004, 2005
Associate Director, Sawmill Community Land Trust, 2004
Executive Director, Sawmill Community Land Trust, 1998-2003
Project Director, Sawmill Advisory Council/Development Corporation, 1995-1998