My guest is Sylvia R. Garcia, Precinct Two Harris County Commissioner, and the theme of this interview is “Women of Excellence”. Listen
In May, 2002, Sylvia was my very first interview on the Guidry News Service, so this was a special interview for me. When I interviewed Sylvia last May, she was the Controller for the City of Houston. Today, she is the Harris County Commissioner of Precinct Two. On the stroke of Midnight, January 1, 2003, at Space Center Houston, Sylvia was inaugurated as the Harris County Commissioner of Precinct Two and became the first woman and the first Hispanic ever elected to serve on Commissioners Court.
Sylvia has a very impressive background!! Prior to becoming the Harris County Commissioner of Precinct Two, she was the Houston City Controller - the second-highest City elected official, and the City’s Chief Financial Officer. She was elected as the City Controller in 1998, and ran for reelection twice unopposed. She served as the Director and Presiding Judge of the Houston Municipal Court System, worked as an attorney for the Gulf Coast Legal Foundation, served on the City’s first Appraisal Review Board, served as an administrative law judge for the Equal Employment Commission, ran her own law firm. and served as an administrative law judge for the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.
In 1986, she was named a judge and Night Court Coordinator for Houston’s Municipal Court System. A year later, she made history by becoming the first woman, first Hispanic and youngest person to ever serve as the Chief Judge of the Municipal Court System – a job in which she served an unprecedented five terms. Sylvia’s career is an incredible accomplishment for anyone, but considering the fact that she grew up in the small South Texas farming community of Palito Blanco and was the eighth of ten children, her career is truly amazing!!
On Friday, January 23, 2004, Sylvia will receive the Bay Area Houston Economic Partnership’s prestigious 2003 Quasar Award for Economic Development Excellence, during their annual Banquet at South Shore Harbour. She is being honored for her outstanding accomplishments and contributions to the economic well being and vitality of the greater Bay Area Houston communities.
As you will see from this interview, Sylvia Garcia is a very caring and committed woman and her belief in working together to accomplish goals is very strong. Her background and strong work ethics, her outstanding accomplishments, and her focus on achievements makes her a very strong and powerful role model. Sylvia is a real Trailblazer, and with her resume of “firsts” - being the first woman and the first Hispanic ever elected to serve on Commissioners Court, and being the first woman, first Hispanic and youngest person to serve as the Chief Judge of the Municipal Court System, makes her a real inspiration to follow your dreams, and an outstanding choice for this “Women of Excellence” interview.