Cabinet Secretary-Designate for the Department of Veterans Services
Retired Army Col. Donnie Quintana has served in state government for several decades, most recently as Deputy Secretary and interim leader of the Department of Veterans Services. In addition to spending over 35 years in the military, Quintana has several decades of experience in public service. He previously served as the Local Government Division Director for the state Department of Finance and Administration, where he played an integral role in the establishment of the Emergency Rental Assistance Program, overseeing the distribution of over $200 million in funds. Quintana also previously served for 20 years at the state Economic Development Department in various roles. He has served in a variety of leadership positions within the New Mexico National Guard, including Brigade Commander and Chief of Staff. He also served as the Executive Officer and Corps Commander Senior Mentor for the Afghan National Army as part of Operation Enduring Freedom. He holds a bachelor’s degree from New Mexico State University.
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