2019 Speakers

Laura Sanchez-Rivet

Senior Director, Government Relations & Regulatory Counsel

Affirm, Inc.

Ms. Sanchez-Rivét is the Senior Director for Government Relations & Regulatory Counsel at Affirm, Inc. where she manages government relationships, political affairs, and public policy advocacy with federal and state governmental agencies and other stakeholders. She has fifteen years of experience in the practice of law and over 20 years of experience in government and legislative issues. Ms. Sanchez-Rivét supports Affirm’s interactions with state and federal regulatory agencies and provides day-to-day legal advice on a variety of government relations, policy and regulatory matters to the Company.

Prior to Affirm, Ms. Sanchez- Rivét was a Partner at Cuddy & McCarthy, LLP, in Albuquerque, New Mexico, where she focused generally on business, government affairs and utility regulatory matters in New Mexico and Arizona. Prior to that, she was the Founder and CEO of the New Mexico Green Chamber of Commerce. She worked for five years as a staff attorney with the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) where she worked primarily on regulatory issues, environmental siting and renewable energy transmission in New Mexico and Arizona.

Ms. Sanchez-Rivét is a regular panelist on the TV show New Mexico In Focus on New Mexico PBS (KNME). Ms. Sanchez-Rivét holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in political science from The University of Arizona (1999) and a Master of Public Administration degree, with a focus in public and nonprofit finance and local government, from The University of Arizona (2001).  She earned her Juris Doctorate from the UCLA School of Law (2004).

Ms. Sanchez-Rivét is a member of the State Bars of New Mexico and Arizona. She is also on the Board of the New Mexico Hispanic Bar Association, and a member of the America Bar Association’s Section on Environmental, Energy and Resources Law, as well as the New Mexico State Bar’s Natural Resources. She is currently Chair of the New Mexico State Bar’s Natural Resources, Energy and Environmental Law Section.

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