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Phillip Garza

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VP College Success and Alumni Affairs
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Rio Grande Valley

"To realize education for liberation we must recognize the colonizing effects of our current system, and shift our practice away from dominance and subordination towards emancipation."

Phillip is a graduate of The University of Texas at Austin, where he studied music and art history. The first in his family to attend and complete college, Phillip knows the value proposition of an undergraduate degree and its transformative benefits. He deeply believes in the potential of all students, and he is committed to expanding educational opportunities for those that need it most: low-income, first-generation, minority students.

Currently, Phillip serves as the Vice President of College Success and Alumni Affairs at IDEA Public Schools, a growing network of tuition-free K-12 public charter schools serving nearly 20,000 students across Texas. This includes setting the vision and strategy for all IDEA does to send students to and through college, as well as achieving its long-term vision of becoming the number one producer of low-income college graduates in Texas. Previous to IDEA, Phillip served as a teacher, instructional and leadership coach, and talent recruiter. Most recently, he worked as the Managing Director of Alumni Affairs at Teach For America–Houston. He was responsible for setting the vision and direction of alumni strategy, therefore planning and executing the support systems necessary to ensure that the nearly 900 Teach For America alumni living in Houston were collectively driving significant advances in pursuit of educational equity. Phillip now lives in McAllen, Texas, and enjoys the many benefits of living in along the Texas and Mexico border.