Eric Garza joined The LIBRE Initiative in August of 2011 and brings private and public sector experience to the post. Prior to joining LIBRE he served as Assistant Director of the Valley International Community Development Corporation of South Texas overseeing organizational policy, community development projects, and educational programs for Hispanic youth. Garza has worked with political and issue based campaigns at the local, state, and national level. Notably, from 2006-2009 he served on the Legislative Relations Commission at Texas A&M University working with students and administration in lobbying the Texas Legislature on higher education funding initiatives.
He currently serves as chairman of the Board of Directors of Leadership Brownsville, Inc. and is a school board member of the Jubilee Academic Centers Charter District of the Rio Grande Valley in Texas. Active in faith-based nonprofit endeavors for over four years, he serves as Production Director at his church Valley International Christian Center, in San Benito, Texas, overseeing weekly services and community-based outreaches across South Texas.
A small business owner himself and having worked with his father's construction company in South Texas, he has experienced both the setbacks and successes of operating a business. Garza understands the unique impact small businesses have on the economy and strongly believes that business growth and an educated workforce is the engine of economic well-being.
He is a graduate of Texas A&M University with a degree in Political Science and holds a Master of Public Administration degree from the University of Texas at Arlington. Garza brings a passion to this role and is dedicated to working with the Hispanic faith community at large to advance the free-market principles of economic wellbeing, which remain vital to our country's success and future stability and prosperity.