Thaddeus Lucero was born and raised in Albuquerque’s North Valley and graduated from Valley High School in 1976. In 1977 he moved to Seattle, Washington where he graduated from the University of Washington with a B.A. in Urban Planning in 1981. He attended the JFK School of Government-Harvard University Program for Senior Executives in July 1996. He is currently a member of the American Planning Association, a non-profit public interest and research organization representing 39,000 practicing planners, officials, and citizens involved in urban and rural planning issues.

Mr. Lucero is currently the the Director of Planning and General Services for the Mid-Region Council of Governments where he oversees transportation and rural planning, workforce development, finance and purchasing. Prior to this position, Thaddeus was the Bernalillo County Manager for seven years where he oversees the day-to-day operations of Bernalillo County consisting of 25 departments and over 2,500 employees.