Fall 2022 Commencement / Commencement Speaker Andrea Garza/ December 10, 2022
From Loretta Sanchez
Andrea M. Garza (M.A./M.A. ’09) is president and CEO of JDG Associates, Inc., a small consulting firm providing equal employment opportunity (EEO) and civil rights support to the federal government. Garza joined JDG Associates in 2001 and, in 2010, acquired a small share of the company.
Over the years, JDG Associates has expanded to provide not only EEO support services but also fraud, waste and abuse investigations; diversity training; conference planning; and other human resource support services. In 2015, she was named the senior vice president and purchased the company later that year when JDG’s founders, John and Donna Gonzalez, retired. Since then, she has refocused JDG’s efforts exclusively on EEO support services and JDG is recognized as one of the leading small businesses in this field.
Garza currently serves on the board of the Tuesday Musical Club. She is also a member of the Junior Tuesday Musical Club, which is dedicated to giving young people an appreciation of fine music and encourages the study and performance of music. She has served on the board of her neighborhood association for more than eight years, serving in officer, board and committee positions. She is currently serving as president of her neighborhood association. Garza is a member of the College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences Dean’s Advisory Council at St. Mary’s University.
Garza graduated from Texas A&M University with a Bachelor of Arts in History. She received two Master of Arts degrees in Political Science and International Relations from St. Mary’s.