Lunch With A Leader: Andrew Harnden Feb. 20

County Housing & Special Projects Manager Andrew Harnden


This month’s Lunch with a Leader, an event for the community hosted by the League of Women Voters is 11:45 a.m. Tuesday, Feb. 20 at Mesa Public Library.

The speaker will be Andrew Harnden who has been working as the County’s Housing & Special Projects manager since July 2016. He has B.A. honors and M.A. degrees in Urban Geography from Queen’s University and University of Toronto, Ontario, Canada.

Harnden moved to the Southwest in 2001 and worked in community planning and affordable housing development with the Jicarilla Apache Tribe and City of Santa Fe until 2006. From 2006 to 2015, he worked in Queensland, Australia for the State Environment Department and in Cambodia as a Development Consultant on UN and US AID-funded projects for promoting land, business and human rights.

Harnden oversees the County’s two affordable housing programs. The first is the Home Renewal Program and the second is the Homebuyer Assistance Program, which are administered by the Los Alamos Housing Partnership. To address the local housing shortage, he also supports housing development initiatives with other County Community Development and Economic Development staff. He said he understands the importance of engaging with community to gain feedback about housing needs for all segments of the population including and not limited to the workforce and seniors.

Harnden has been married since 2007 and his wife Julie teaches at the Highlands University Department of Natural Resources in Las Vegas, N.M.

To order a $10 lunch from the Co+op, call Karyl Ann Armbruster at 505.231.8286 or email her at to hear the extensive choices available from the Co+op. Lunch orders are optional but need to be received by Feb. 17.