Executive Director, The LIBRE Initiative
Daniel Garza has more than two decades of both public and private sector experience managing media and public relations, directing corporate projects, and working at all levels of government. He has earned a reputation for advocating on behalf of the Hispanic Community for sound public policy recognizing that the current economic condition requires this vital community to play an essential role in bringing about solutions. Mr. Garza was recently featured on Fox News Latino’s “Ten Young Latinos in Politics to Watch in 2013” and Polymic’s list of “10 Political Rising Stars You Should Know About in 2013”.
Mr. Garza is a former White House staffer who served in the Bush Administration and also worked as co-producer and host of Agenda Washington, a Spanish language news/interview weekly television program that covered state, economic, political and social issues impacting the U.S. Hispanic community airing on the Univision television network. In addition, Daniel served as a former Congressional Staff Assistant for U.S. Congressman Richard "Doc" Hastings before he was elected as Councilman for the City of Toppenish, Washington in 1996. Daniel was appointed, in 2001, by the Bush Administration to serve as Deputy Director of External and Intergovernmental Affairs in the Office of the Secretary at the Department of the Interior. In 2004, he was appointed as Associate Director of the Office of Public Liaison in the White House before moving on to work for Televisa in 2006, as President of HISPANIC and PODER Group where he oversaw the editorial, commercial, and promotional aspects of HISPANIC, Hispanic Trends, PODER and Tu Dinero magazines.
Born in the Central Valley of California, Daniel's family would migrate annually from his ancestral hometown of Garza Gonzales, Nuevo Leon in Mexico throughout California, Nebraska and the State of Washington as they followed the crop season as farm workers. He currently resides in McAllen, TX with his wife and three children.