carmen garcia - member at large
Director, Outreach Programs
DALLAS AREA RAPID TRANSIT (DART)
Carmen García accepted the position of Director, Outreach Programs for Dallas Area Rapid Transit (DART), July 14, 2008. Recently promoted to Assistant Vice President, Office of Diversity (February 2017).
In her role, García oversees DART’s Outreach Programs by directing, coordinating and administering the agency’s outreach program as it relates to minority contracts and D/MWBE vendors. She maintains programs relative to the needs of the community. She develops and maintains external strategic partnerships and serves as a liaison to major chambers representing minorities, women and other groups whose goals include the development of economic opportunities for minorities and women.
The Houston native graduated from Dallas Baptist University with a degree in public administration. García began her career in governmental affairs with ARCO and later directed programs and special projects in the offices of the Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts and the Texas Secretary of State in Austin. She returned to Dallas to manage former Texas Secretary of State Ron Kirk’s campaign for a successful bid for Dallas Mayor.
After the election she opened her own business, ABRAC Consulting, specializing in marketing, public relations and event management. Her relationship with the State Fair of Texas was established at this point, when she took on the annual event as a corporate client for five years and she continued her work with the State Fair for 12 years.
García’s current board leadership in the North Texas region includes: Conference of Minority Transportation Officials North Texas Chapter, President-North Texas Chapter, Dallas County Small Business Enterprise (SBE) Advisory Council Co-Chair, Dallas Convention Bureau, Alternate Board Member; Dallas Planning Council, Past President; City of Dallas Automated Red Light Commission, Chair and Past Chair of DART’s Women in Leadership and Executive Women’s Roundtable.
Appointed by former Dallas Mayor Tom Leppert to serve as one of four co-chairs for the Census 2010 Complete Count Committee and she also served as a member of the Super Bowl XLV Communications Team.
She remains actively involved in numerous community organizations locally and throughout the state. She was recently recognized by the Women in Transportation Seminars (WTS) as the 2018 “Woman of the Year” recipient, 2018 Nominee-Regional Hispanic Contractors Association “Luna Award”, Recipient of the Dallas Business Journal (March 2010) Minority Business Leader and named the “La Cima” recipient by the Greater Dallas Hispanic Chamber. She was also a nominee for the DFW Minority Supplier Development Council “E Awards” and a recipient of the Girl’s Inc., “She Knows Where She’s Going” award. She continues to be very active in many local and statewide organizations