by Mary Tuma
Grace Ann Garcia. Photo via Annie's List.
“It is with a tremendous sense of loss that we announce the passing of our executive director and leader Grace Garcia, who lost her life in a car accident Monday afternoon,” wrote Annie’s List Board Chair Amber Anderson Mostyn in a statement.
Mostyn said another staffer was injured in the crash and is in the intensive care unit at Parkland Hospital.
“Grace’s family has been notified and arrangements are pending. Her family will make an announcement regarding those arrangements in the coming days.”
As executive director of Annie’s List, Garcia served as a strong advocate of involving Democratic women in politics and championing pro-choice candidates. She heavily supported the campaigns of gubernatorial candidate state Sen. Wendy Davis (D-Forth Worth) and candidate for lieutenant governor San Antonio’s state Sen. Leticia Van de Putte— a longtime friend of Garcia’s from their days at Jefferson High School. In fact, Garcia helped persuade Van de Putte to make a bid for the position last year.
“Today, Pete and I remember the life and work of our lifelong and dear friend Grace Ann Garcia. She was a fierce warrior for Texas women and equality. Texas has lost a giant,” said Van de Putte in a statement.
“To me, it was an honor to call her my sister, she was like family. I will be forever indebted to Grace,” said the SA legislator. “She was always there for me and for my family. She was at the decision table convincing me to run for lieutenant governor.”
Prior to leading Annie’s List, Garcia worked for former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton as a senior advisor in the Office of the Chief of Protocol at the U.S. Department of State. She also held several senior positions in the White House, including deputy director in the Office of Presidential Scheduling. And in 2001, Garcia headed her own events management and public affairs firm.
Mostyn described Garcia as a “passionate, tough, visionary leader.”
“The best possible tribute to her life is to continue the work Grace started on behalf of Annie’s List and women across Texas. Thoughts, prayers and privacy are appreciated at this time,” she said.
While Garcia was born in Germany, she considered the Alamo City home.