Rio Rancho 101 Citizens' Academy

  1. Annemarie Garcia

    Public Affairs Division Manager
    Phone: 505-896-8730

What is the City of Rio Rancho doing to fix our roads?

Why are our water/wastewater rates so high?

What can I do to make my community better?

If you've asked yourself one or more of these questions, then the Citizens' Academy is the place for you! 


The Citizens' Academy is an engaging 8-week long program that provides citizens with the working knowledge of city government and the essential tools needed to become effective community advocates. The program includes tours of City facilities, presentations by department directors, and informational activities that give participants an insider’s perspective into how the City of Rio Rancho operates. This platform fosters informed and effective discussions and enables participants to share their views of Rio Rancho and their stories about why they live in and support the local community. The program is free for participants. 

How to Apply

The deadline to apply for the 2021 fall session was August 30, 2021. In order to apply, participants must live in Rio Rancho and be 18 years of age or older. Participants must commit to attending all eight sessions.


The Citizens' Academy begins September 13, 2021 and ends on November 8, 2021 (we are off on October 11 in observance of Indigenous Peoples' Day). Sessions are held weekly and in-person on Mondays from 6:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., and cover all aspects of city government from economic development to water and roads. A typical session will include a 45 minute to 1 hour presentation from department directors, followed by an interactive activity pertaining to the presentation.