New Mexico Distinguished Public Service Awards 2012
Recognizing Those Committed to Making a Difference
M. Steven Anaya
M. Steven Anaya, Chief Executive Officer for the Realtors© Association of New Mexico, has enjoyed a long and storied career in both the private and public sectors. He also has a lengthy history of public service as a volunteer on many boards and committees. Mr. Anaya uniquely qualifies for this award as an employee of city and state government, a federal employee, and as a private citizen and permanent resident of his native state.

He also found time to be actively involved in his family’s numerous businesses in Moriarty, that historically have been among the largest employers in the region, including a motel, restaurant and grocery store, traditional hubs of rural life, and places where locals were known to gather to discuss the burning political issues of the day. Mr. Anaya is a member of a prominent political family in New Mexico; an uncle is the former governor and attorney general, Toney Anaya.

In his role with the Realtors© Association of New Mexico, and on behalf of its 6,000 members, Mr. Anaya oversees public policy and business issues related to the real estate industry. He is the former director of Fannie Mae’s New Mexico Partnership Office, with oversight of a five-year, $6 billion investment strategy to provide affordable housing opportunities to more than 66,000 New Mexico families, including on Native American Trust lands and in the Colonias, U.S./Mexico border areas. As such, Mr. Anaya helped revitalize downtown Albuquerque by developing a housing strategy and investing $15 million in downtown projects; and implemented programs to improve relations among local, state and federal officials in affordable housing programs.

As state director of the U.S. Department of Agriculture Office of Rural Development, he managed a portfolio of more than $300 million for rural development, and helped develop a focused strategy for increasing investments in housing, businesses and utilities in rural New Mexico. Mr. Anaya’s efforts spurred funding for rural business programs from zero to $12 million annually; and almost tripled, to $20 million annually, funding for rural utilities’ programs.

As Manager of the New Mexico State Fair, Mr. Anaya dramatically increased the fair’s revenues and improved the physical appearance of the fairgrounds, along with boosting its national standing. As a Moriarty City Councilor since 1993, Mr. Anaya has helped the city maintain a sound financial footing, and has worked on long-range goals for water resources, improved infrastructure and economic development. He has served on the boards of the Mid-Region Council of Governments, Central N.M. Workforce Investment Board, Estancia Valley Economic Development Association, N.M. 4-H Youth Development Association, Central N.M. Community College Foundation, United Way of Central New Mexico, UNM Hospital Clinical Operations Board, and the N.M. Society of Association Executives. He and wife, Shara, have three grown sons.