Lawrence’s roots run deep in New Mexico. He is a native New Mexican who grew up in the small town of Sile, NM with his six siblings. Lawrence has had a notable career as a public servant, starting off as the Deputy Secretary of Transportation for NM. He later served on the staff of Senator Jeff Bingaman in Washington, D.C., and then joined the city of Albuquerque, where he eventually assumed the role of Chief Administrative Officer under three different mayors. In 2012 he became the Executive Director for the Mid-Region Council of Governments, and later was appointed by President Obama as Director of the U. S. Department of Agriculture’s Farm Services Agency for New Mexico.
Lawrence is a community leader who has served on the boards of numerous charitable organizations, task forces, and committees. Lawrence holds a B.A. in Sociology and a M.A. in Public Administration from the University of New Mexico. He currently lives with his family in Los Ranchos, NM.