Interim Chief Operating Officer
“I love working with Girl Scouts. I love knowing I can lay my head on my pillow at night knowing I am helping to change the world, one girl at a time.”
Girl Scouts of Southwest Texas (GSSWT) appointed Lisa Marie Garcia to serve as Interim Chief Operating Officer (COO) effective January 10, 2015. Prior to her appointment as Interim COO, Lisa began her career Girl Scouts of Southwest Texas in 2010, serving as Human Resource Manager and was most recently the Director of Business Operations. Lisa brought a multitude of talents and formal education to the council. Lisa has served in the nonprofit sector for 10 years where she has served in roles ranging from Human Resources, Property, Finance and Information Technology.
Prior to joining GSSWT, Lisa handled multimillion dollar budgets and worked to relocate a company headquarters, working with vendors and contractors to ensure a smooth transition. While serving as Director of Business Operations for GSSWT, she was a major contributor to a dynamic realignment of the Council’s infrastructure by planning and initiating major improvements in networking and computer services, and also was a key staff member in long range property planning. A successful implementation of the Strategic Learning process for the Council has also been one of several projects where she provided a high degree of professional leadership and oversight. Most recently, Lisa was the project manager for the opening of a new program facility on San Antonio’s West Side that provides various programs for an at risk girl population. She was also the project manager for the launch of online membership registration. Lisa holds a Bachelor of Business Administration from Texas A&M – Kingsville, with a degree in Computer Information Systems and a Master of Business Administration from Our Lady of the Lake University.
In her personal life, she has a passion to travel and has visited almost a dozen countries including Romania, Australia, France and Germany. Music is a big part of her life as she enjoys all types of genres and attending concerts. She also loves to participate in outdoor activities such as hiking, camping and mountain biking.