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Pedro Garza
Pedro Garza
Regional Director
EDA, Southwestern Region

Pedro Garza became Regional Director of the EDA Southwestern Region in January 1996. As Regional Director, Mr. Garza Oversees infrastructure development, capacity building and economic adjustment assistance in Arkansas, Louisiana, New Mexico, Oklahoma and Texas.

Earlier in EDA, Garza served as Deputy Assistant Secretary for Program Operations in Washington, DC.

Previous to joining EDA, Mr. Garza was President of Policy Research Group, a public policy consulting business in Austin, Concentrating on community development and competitiveness issues.

Garza also served as National President of SER-Jobs for Progress, Inc. from 1979 to 1984.

He graduated from Texas A&M University, receiving a B.A. degree with highest honors. At Princeton University, Garza received his Masters Degree in Public Affairs from the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs, concentrating on economics and public policy.

A former migrant farm worker from South Texas, Garza served as a Lieutenant in the United States Army; worked for the United Nations Development Program in New York, and in the Office of the Secretary of Defense in Washington, DC.

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