In March 2013, after spending many years in key positions of the Clinton and Obama administrations, Grace Garcia came home to Texas to be the Executive Director of Annie’s List. She played a pivotal role in recruiting Wendy Davis and Leticia Van de Putte to run for Governor and Lt. Governor in this campaign cycle, and was a dynamic force in revitalizing the voice of women in the Texas Democratic Party. On June 2nd, she lost her life in a tragic car accident in Waxahachie, TX. Though we are devastated, we are committed to continuing the groundwork Grace was so passionate about: Electing Democratic Women to offices all across Texas.
Our sincere condolences to Grace’s friends and family, and our best wishes to Piper Stege Nelson—seriously injured in the same crash—as she recovers.
Patsy Woods Martin has been appointed Interim Executive Director of Annie’s List, and will be working with the Board of Directors as they search for a new Executive Director to provide long-term support. We are grateful that she has stepped up to serve the community in such a difficult time.