Full Name
Vicente Vargas
Executive Director
New Mexico Health Care Association
Vicente joined the New Mexico Health Care Association/New Mexico Center for Assisted Living (NMHCA/NMCAL) as its Executive Director in 2019. As a long-term care trade association, NMHCA/NMCAL represents and advocates for the interests of New Mexico’s nursing facilities, assisted living facilities, and intermediate care facilities for individuals with developmental disabilities.

Before joining the NMHCA/NMCAL, Vicente served as General Counsel for the Office of Superintendent of Insurance (OSI). As General Counsel, Vicente provided direct legal counsel to the Superintendent of Insurance on all issues related to OSI’s regulatory oversight. This included managing the agency's outside litigation, advising the Superintendent on recommended administrative decisions and resulting final orders, and working through the legislative process to strengthen consumer and patient protections.

Vicente has also worked for New Mexico State University (NMSU) as Director of State Government Relations and legal counsel for NMSU’s constitutionally attached New Mexico Department of Agriculture. As the Director of State Government Relations, Vicente particularly enjoyed collaborating with NMSU faculty and staff to develop legislative priorities for consideration and approval by the NMSU governing board.
Vicente is a native New Mexican from Las Cruces and currently lives with his family in Albuquerque. He has participated in several community organizations, including being a member of his neighborhood Parent Teacher Association and serving on the financial advisory committee of his local church. Vicente is a licensed attorney in New Mexico with a Bachelor of Arts degree and a Juris Doctorate from the University of New Mexico.
Vicente Vargas