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District 1 - Kasandra Gandara

2015-2019 – City of Las Cruces City Council for District 1 for four-year term. Next election is November 5, 2019

Kasandra Gandara Biography

Kasandra A. Gandara was born in Silver City, N.M. where she began her social work career after receiving her bachelor’s degree in Social Work from New Mexico State University in 1989. She has spent the last 23 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 currently serves as the Regional Manager for the Southwest quadrant of CYFD’s Protective Service Division, supervising and representing the nine southernmost counties in the state. In her 25 plus years serving the State of New Mexico, she has served in many social work roles including case worker, medical case manager, social work supervisor and manager, community leader, program specialist, and agency administrator.

Kasandra in her role at CYFD has worked with community partners to address juvenile justice issues through her work with the Juvenille Justice Continuum Board as well as establishing the state’s first model Multi-Disciplinary Team that would later serve as a model for other teams across the state.

Kasandra was elected as councillor for City Council District 1. She is a mother to two children – her son Bryan, an Armed Services Veteran, and her daugther Elena, a medical school student at the University of New Mexico.


  • Phone: (575) 541-2066
    Fax: (575) 541-2119
    Mailing Address: PO Box 20000, Las Cruces, NM 88004