Kris Sanchez

Director, Department of Business and Industry

Dr. Sanchez is the director for the Department of Business and Industry which oversees 11 state agencies, and 25 commissions, advisory boards and committees. 

Dr. Sanchez previously held several leadership roles in state government including the Governor’s Office of Economic Development Interim Executive Director and as Nevada’s International Trade Director. 
As GOED’s Deputy Director, Dr. Sanchez was responsible for facilitating economic development opportunities with new and existing businesses, identifying industries, and creating strategies to serve entrepreneurial environments to further grow and diversify Nevada’s economic base. 
While serving as Nevada’s Director of International Trade, he advanced, facilitated, and staffed Governor Sandoval’s international trade missions to 14 countries and has led delegations and explored opportunities for Nevada in over 20 countries.  

Dr. Sanchez has a doctorate in Public Policy from the University of Nevada Las Vegas and has earned master’s degrees in Public Administration and Military History from Norwich University.