Biographical Information 

(Chairperson) Augustine Chris Baca, M.P.A.
YES Housing, Inc.


An innovator and leader in community and economic development; youth development; and affordable multi-family housing, Mr. Augustine Chris Baca is the Founder, President and CEO of YES Housing.  Until 2014 he served as President and Chief Executive Officer of YDI. He grew that organization from a handful of staff and limited budget to 700 full-time staff and a budget of over $30 million.


Mr. Baca is a Trustee at the New Mexico Tech Foundation and former Trustee at the UNM Mental Health Center, as well as past Chairman of the Albuquerque Family Health Care Centers.  Previously he served as a Presidential Appointee to the Commission on Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention, and member of the New Mexico Governor’s State Workforce Development Board.  He was also selected for a Kellogg National Leadership Fellow and a Hispanic Health Leadership Fellow.  He has taught at the Anderson School of Management at the University of New Mexico. Selected awards include: Thomas Jefferson Award for Community Service, the Distinguished Public Administrator Award, the Martin Luther King Service Award, the Notre Dame Alumni Public Service Award; and, the Albuquerque Leadership Award. 


Mr. Baca has an M.P.A. from the University of New Mexico.