Arturo Sandoval is founder of the Center of Southwest Culture, Inc.
Arturo has dedicated his life to civil rights, economic justice, human rights, educational parity and conservation work. He was on the national organizing team for the first-ever Earth Day in 1970 in Washington, DC. There, he was charged with organizing events in the Western US. He was active in the Chicano Student Movement and the Chicano Civil Rights Movement beginning in 1967. He was a Vietnam War Resistor, who refused induction into the US Army in 1970 as a protest against the war’s immorality and illegality and was subsequently indicted, tried and convicted for refusing service.
He has been active for five decades in community-based economic development, cultural, environmental, educational and civil rights efforts in New Mexico and across the US.
Prior to his work with the Center, Arturo founded and ran a successful communications and organizational development consulting business, with clients across the US, in the Caribbean, in México and in Central America.
He also had a successful 15-year career in journalism and public relations. In that capacity, he won numerous awards and had his work published nationally and internationally.
He is a native of Española, a village in northern New Mexico, and has lived most of his adult life in Albuquerque.