WCA Senior Management

Loretta Lopez, Director

In October 2019, Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham appointed Loretta Lopez to serve as Director of the New Mexico Workers’ Compensation Administration (WCA). She is the first woman to be appointed to that position. Lopez earned a bachelor’s degree in nursing from the University of New Mexico in 1982, and in 1989, she earned a law degree, also from the University of New Mexico. Lopez worked in the pediatric intensive care unit at UNM’s Children’s Hospital and has been a nursing instructor at Central New Mexico Community College.

Lopez has 30 years of legal experience. She served as a Metropolitan Court Judge from 2003 to 2006, and was a domestic relations/violence hearing officer in New Mexico’s First and Second Judicial District Courts. She was an administrative staff attorney for the Second Judicial District Court and was an assistant district attorney for Bernalillo County. She has also been a solo practitioner, focusing primarily on family law and criminal defense. She served as a settlement facilitator for the Second Judicial District Court, and as an attorney for the Community Justice for Survivors of Sexual Violence Project.

Prior to her appointment, Lopez served as deputy director of Risk Management in the state’s General Services Department.

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