Brought up in the Catholic faith tradition of northern New Mexico meant that public service and care for the broader community were values that were deeply instilled in Carmichael Dominguez from a young age. Carmichael first became an elected official as a Santa Fe Public Schools Board of Education member in 2002. As a member of the school board, Carmichael spearheaded secondary education reform efforts and advocated for special needs children by working with the State Legislature to develop a pilot project to automate Individualized Education Plans (IEP’s) in the Santa Fe Public Schools. He also worked with administrators and Hispanic youth and families on Santa Fe’s Southside to develop what is now the Bio-Medical Career Technical Education at Capital High School, a nationally recognized program. In 2006, Dominguez was elected to the Santa Fe City Council where he represented District 3 serving the lowest income, youngest and majority Hispanic/Latinx part of the City. This district also borders iconic public lands like La Cienguilla Petroglyph site, El Camino Real de Tierra Adentro Historic Trail and the Caja del Rio plateau. During his time on the City Council, Dominguez created the Airport Road Overlay, implementing a “Healthy Communities” strategy focused on improving quality of life for southside residents by increasing walkability, public safety, and food access, creating more healthcare opportunities, improving education, and promoting civic empowerment and engagement. Growing up on family ranch in northern New Mexico, conservation and love of wildlife has been part of culture and passion since he was a youth. Carmichael has served as board member of the New Mexico Wildlife Federation and is a member of the Knights of Columbus. He also served as a board member for the National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials.