AUSTIN – January 24, 2020 – The Board of Directors of AVANCE-Austin announced today that Cristina Garza has been named Executive Director. Garza brings extensive expertise in program management, impact funding and community development. Her most recent employment has been as Director of Social Impact at the Mission Economic Development Corporation in Mission, Texas. Cristina’s personal mission is to work with underserved communities to ensure they have access to education and success.

 “The work of AVANCE-Austin is crucial to at-risk families and children in our community,” said Board Chair, Jo Cassandra Cuevas. “Cristina’s strong background in developing relationships with constituents, corporations, nonprofits and elected officials will be crucial in leading us through the new chapter of growth that we are entering. The Board and Staff are excited to have her join us as we expand our programs and services, and provide support to an even greater number of Austin families.”

Cristina Garza will start her new position on February 17th, 2020. That same day, from 10:00 a.m.- 11:30 a.m., AVANCE-Austin will host an Open House to welcome Cristina and provide some exciting announcements about the future of the agency. Members of the community are welcome to attend. Please RSVP to Stephanie De Leon, Communications Manager.

About AVANCE- Austin

Established in 1973, AVANCE (Uh-vahn-say) is a national, non-profit organization, that meets hard to reach, low-income families where they are. The program grew throughout the State, with services introduced to Austin in 1997. 

AVANCE-Austin serves as a trusted guide to assist under-resourced families of young children in overcoming isolation and lack of opportunity in Central Texas.Using our unique two generation education and relationship-building methodology, we help family members become the best parents, employees, and citizens they can be.