Dr. Gabriel Sanchez is a Professor of Political Science at the University of New Mexico and also serves as the Executive Director of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Center for Health Policy and Co-Director of the Institute of Policy, Evaluation and Applied Research (IPEAR) at the University of New Mexico. Sanchez was formerly the Director of Research, and now Principal at Latino Decisions, the nation's leading survey firm focused on the Latino electorate. Dr. Sanchez is an expert on politics in the Southwest having directed many research projects and polls for Latino Decisions in New Mexico, Colorado and Arizona and he has been invited to give talks and presentations at the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute, LULAC, AFL-CIO, the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC), and often serves as an expert policy advisor to the New Mexico State Legislature. Dr. Sanchez has been the lead organizer for several large conferences focused on health policy, including the highly successful 2013 Congressional Tri-Caucus Racial and Ethnic Health Disparities Summit. Sanchez is also a Community Leadership Network Fellow for the W.K. Kellogg Foundation.