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Summit Speaker: Ed Garza

Ed Garza
June 10, 2016

Ed Garza
Founder and CEO, Zane Garway

Ed Garza is a proven leader in creating value and transforming organizations, people and places. Garza’s intuitive depth in human relations and built environments has translated into a legacy of achieving “outside the box” solutions towards making the impossible become reality in the areas of strategic partnerships, sustainable urban place-making, community regeneration, public education advancement, public-private investments, public policy, vision implementation and economic development in Texas and throughout the world.

Garza has been leading his own transformation studio since 2010 and prior to that was employed by AECOM (TCB and EDAW Principal-Texas Region 2005-2010). Garza has over 20 years experience working for private planning, design, and development firms as well as local, state and national government entities. In addition, Garza has taught at UTSA and St. Mary’s University as an adjunct professor.

Garza has served 16 years as an elected public official. In 2001 at the age of 32, Garza became San Antonio’s youngest mayor in the city’s history. He served two terms as Mayor of San Antonio and previously served two terms as the District 7 City Council representative. In May of 2009 Garza was elected to the San Antonio Independent School District Board of Trustees and served as the board’s President from 2012-2015. Garza ran unopposed in May 2013 for his second four-year term. Garza has an extensive speaking portfolio in the United States and around the world and has served on numerous for-profit and non-profit boards in San Antonio and nationally. Ed Garza is a graduate of Texas A&M University where he received a Bachelor’s degree in Landscape Architecture and a Master’s in Land & Real Estate Development.