A life-long resident of San Antonio, Adriana Rocha Garcia, Ph.D. was raised in and continues to call Southwest San Antonio home. The first in her family with a college degree, Adriana studied communications and journalism at the University of the Incarnate Word, where she received both her Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees. Adriana was then accepted into the University of Texas at Austin's doctoral program, where she became one of the first Hispanics to earn a Doctorate in Philosophy from UT’s prestigious Moody College of Communication.
With the ability and experience to work anywhere, Adriana remained in southwest San Antonio and devoted her life to public service in her community. Dr. Garcia was Vice President at the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce before overseeing project management for the City of San Antonio’s City Manager's Office. Within a short time of proving her leadership capabilities, she was recruited to help build the city’s management team as the City's Executive Recruiter. Committed to southwest San Antonio, she joined the Southwest Independent School District as their spokesperson and Public Relations Director. Today, Dr. Garcia is molding tomorrow’s leaders as a professor at Our Lady of the Lake University, where she teaches marketing in the School of Business and Leadership.
Dr. Garcia has an extensive background serving as a board member or volunteer with a number of charitable and trade organizations, including, Kitchen Campus (the Johnny Hernandez Culinary Arts Foundation), the Urban Management Association of South Texas (past president), the International Hispanic Network, the San Antonio Association of Hispanic Journalists, JOVEN, Adopt-A-Needy Family, and the SA Chapter of the Public Relations Society of America. Dr. Garcia has also served as a mentor for Big Brothers Big Sisters.