Jesús Garza began his government career with the City of Austin in 1978, followed by increasingly responsible roles there. He served as an assistant city manager and the deputy city manager in Corpus Christi and returned to Central Texas to become executive director of the Texas Water Commission.
Jesús served as deputy general manager for the Lower Colorado River Authority, following his eight-year service as city manager for the City of Austin. He led the city during a period of economic and population expansion. His tenure included business development, downtown revitalization and the opening of the Austin-Bergstrom International Airport. He was responsible for the leadership of city-owned Brackenridge Hospital during the time when it was named a regional Trauma Center.
More recently, Jesús Garza became the chief executive officer of Seton Healthcare Family. An experienced manager of complex organizations, he is also known for implementing strong community partnerships. He also served as ministry market leader for Texas and Ascension Health’s Arizona ministry, Carondelet Health Network. Jesús retired from Ascension/Seton in August 2017.
Recognized for many accomplishments, Jesús was named Public Administrator of the Year by the American Society for Public Administration/Centex Chapter, Public Official of the Year by Governing magazine and recently received a Lifetime Achievement award from the Greater Austin Hispanic Chamber of Commerce. He received a Bachelor of Science degree from The University of Texas and a Master of Public Affairs degree from the Lyndon Baines Johnson School of Public Affairs.