Alex Flores
My view of public policy is that it is created at the intersection of the law and politics.

When Alex Flores ’04 came to the Academy as a 9th grader, he had no idea what an impact the school would have on his life. He knew he was in for a great education and opportunities he may not have had otherwise, but he didn’t realize the long-term benefits he would enjoy, including a future wife.

When Alex graduated from the Academy, he initially attended Macalester College, but then transferred to George Washington University, where he earned a degree in Public Policy. “I was a fan of history and government courses at the Academy, and those propelled me into a policy-based legal career I pursue today,” he says. Alex credits several Academy faculty members, including Giles Pennington, Danny Packer, Stuart Lipkowitz, George Ovitt and Sonia Roth with helping influence his career choice.

Alex went on to graduate school at Princeton University where he focused his public policy studies on domestic and urban policy. “My view of public policy is that it is created at the intersection of the law and politics,” says Alex. “Since my ultimate goal is to develop public policy, I decided I wanted the skill set provided by law school to help me understand and work in the policy world.” So, he returned to New Mexico and entered law school at UNM.

“I always knew I’d return home,” he says. “I wanted to start my policy and legal career in New Mexico, sooner rather than later, in order to make the most impact.”  Alex has been working as a clerk for Justice Edward L. Chávez of the New Mexico Supreme Court since September 2013. “I assist the Justice to make legal determinations by researching issues before the Court and by drafting opinions under the guidance and instruction of Justice Chávez,” he explains. Alex earned his law degree last May and was admitted to the State Bar of New Mexico in September.

Alex has simultaneously remained very active in the local community. He served on the Albuquerque Community Foundation’s Future Fund Board and also on the Ballet Pro Musica Board of Directors. In 2013, he was named the most outstanding under 30 honoree at Albuquerque Business First’s 40 Under Forty awards ceremony.

If all of these achievements are not enough, Alex is also an officer in the United States Marine Corps. “I was commissioned in 2012. I decided to pursue my commission when I realized I could contribute my legal skill sets in the most demanding branch of the armed services and I could do my part to serve even, as then, the nation was still engaged in a decade-old war,” says Alex. According to Alex, military personnel are among the most under-served populations for legal services of any group, transcending age, race, socio-economic status and income. Alex says he wanted to serve his country and that community. “I am a judge advocate officer – a military attorney.” Alex will return to active duty after he completes his one-year clerkship.

While he was away at school, Alex remained in contact with many of his friends from his Academy days, including Karen Gutierrez ’04. “We actually attended our first homecoming dance together as friends and remained close friends throughout high school and after,” he says. They both returned to Albuquerque after attending college and graduate school elsewhere – Karen is now a geologist at Sandia National Laboratories – and a chance meeting in Nob Hill evolved into a wonderful relationship.

Alex proposed to Karen in October 2013, while on a walk with their puppy, Penny, on the Academy campus. They will be married in Santa Fe, New Mexico in August.