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Jordana Barton-Garcia, MPA

Principal
Barton-Garcia Advisors

 

Jordana Barton-García is principal of the social enterprise, Barton-García Advisors. She serves healthcare organizations, local governments, nonprofits, schools/universities, philanthropy, financial institutions, and internet service providers to strategically expand broadband infrastructure and digital inclusion in underserved rural and urban areas. Her work helps organizations and communities achieve full participation in the digital economy and promotes economic development, health equity, telehealth, workforce development, educational equity, access to financial services, and entrepreneurship.

She had most recently served as vice president of community investments at Methodist Healthcare Ministries, where she oversaw the organization’s strategic grant-making and grant-seeking processes. Her leadership was critical in ensuring Methodist Healthcare Ministries’ philanthropic and community development practices that supported its commitment to health equity — reducing the inequities inherent across South Texas so the least served have greater opportunities to reach their full potential. She brought extensive knowledge of digital inclusion and community development to help address the needs of underserved communities, enabling them to achieve positive health outcomes and break the cycle of inter-generational poverty.

Barton-Garcia previously served as senior adviser for the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas, where she supported the Federal Reserve System’s economic growth objectives and the Community Reinvestment Act (CRA). As a community development officer, her work included economic research, community development finance and philanthropy, and training financial institutions and federal banking regulators. Her focus areas included digital inclusion, telehealth, workforce development, financial education, affordable housing, and microenterprise and small business development. Her work at the Federal Reserve was preceded by a distinguished career in community development banking and finance at Capital One Bank, and as a nonprofit leader in the expansion of microfinance in the U.S. with Accion Texas, now LIFT Fund.

Barton-Garcia serves on the Steering Committees for Digital Texas, the Digital Inclusion Alliance San Antonio, and on the Advisory Board of the Texas Health Improvement Network of the University of Texas System. She has received the Federal Policy Champion Award from the Coalition for Local Internet Choice and the Community Broadband Hero Award from the National Association of Telecommunications Officers and Advisors; named, “Salud Hero” (health hero) by Salud America, a program of UT Health and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and was inducted into the San Antonio Women’s Hall of Fame. She grew up in the rural South Texas border community of Benavides and holds an MPA from Harvard University, John F. Kennedy School of Government.

May 2-5, 2022

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