Kasandra A. Gandara was born in Silver City, New Mexico where she began her social work career after receiving her bachelor’s degree in Social Work from New Mexico State University (NSMU) in 1989. She has spent the last 25 years living and working in the Las Cruces community with both the State of New Mexico’s Department of Health and its Children, Youth, and Families Department (CYFD).
During her service with CYFD, Kasandra returned to NMSU for her graduate degree in Social Work that she received in 2013. Kasandra is now retired from the State of New Mexico. In her 27 plus years serving the State of New Mexico, she has served in many social work roles including: Agency Administrator, Case Worker, Community Leader, Medical Case Manager, Program Specialist and Social Work Supervisor and Manager.
Kasandra was elected as councilor for City Council District 1 in November 2015. In the last year, she has organized several district meetings to educate and inform her constituents about the City’s activities as it relates to Downtown and the historic districts, and she hopes to help organize her district into small neighborhood support teams to effect positive change.
She is a mother to two children - her son Bryan, an Armed Services Veteran, and her daughter Elena, a medical school student at the University of New Mexico.
City Charter Section 2.04 General Powers and Duties
All powers of the city shall be vested in the council, except as otherwise provided by law or this Charter, and the council shall provide for the exercise thereof and for the performance of all duties and obligations imposed on the city by law.