Kris Schafer, PE

Financial Affairs Committee Chair


  • BS Civil Engineering, New Mexico State University, 1983



  • Engineer/Project Manager, US Army Corps of Engineers (USACE), 1993 – Present


Kris is a native of Albuquerque and a fifth-generation New Mexican.  He received his BSCE degree from NMSU in 1983.  He is a registered PE, has been certified as a PMP, and is a graduate of the Construction Management Program at Texas A&M University.

Kris retired from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in May 2017, as Chief of the Planning Branch, overseeing a staff of 35 engineers and scientists.  During his 33 year career, he worked on numerous water resource projects throughout New Mexico, west Texas, and southern Colorado, including the Southeast El Paso Flood Control System, Cuchillo Negro Dam in TorC, and Pajarito Dam at LANL.

In 2003 and 2004, Kris served as a Legislative Fellow for U.S. Senator Pete Domenici in Washington D.C., lending expertise on a wide variety of water-related issues, including supply, desalination, environmental compliance, and drought.