In Memory of our Dear Friend & Sister:
Grace Ann Garcia 1955-2014
Anyone who knew Grace knew what a force of nature she was and how dedicated she was to democratic politics and in particular to empowering women and Latinas. Grace was involved in Senator Clinton's Presidential campaign from day one and she brought all of us along with her. She convinced many of us of the importance of contributing to Senator Clinton's campaign and being at the table.
It was that Presidential election that compelled a conversation about creating a political action committee by Latinas and for Latinas. Grace connected all the dots and helped found PODER PAC. She was instrumental in the success of the launch of PODER PAC, helping us to strategize and raise seed funding to support Latina candidates and to build a bench of Latinas in elected office.
When Grace followed Secretary Clinton to the State Department she had to take a leave of absence but as soon as she knew she was departing to serve as the Executive Director of Annie's List she called as said "I can rejoin the board and in this new role we can partner and do somethings together to support Latinas running in Texas" Grace never stopped thinking about ways to support and empower Latinas. We will miss your tenacity and political acumen but most of all we will miss your friendship. PODER PAC will continue in your honor, to grow, support and empower more Latinas to run for political office. We know that you will continue to guide us from above. Rest in peace our dear friend and sister. Love, The PODER PAC Board & Founding Board