Christi Garza is a college preparation advisor for the Texas GEAR UP State Grant program at John F. Kennedy High School in the Edgewood Independent School District in San Antonio. Prior to joining IPSI, Christi worked for Big Brothers Big Sisters, where she cultivated an interest in the GEAR UP program through a partnership with the San Antonio Independent School District. Christi also served a year with AmeriCorps in Baytown, Texas, where she assisted with a non-profit college access program, College Forward, serving economically disadvantaged first-generation students. She has a strong interest in working with first-generation students, helping them progress toward their future educational goals, and exploring how college access programs play a role in their success.
Christi holds a bachelor’s degree in sociology from Texas A&M University-San Antonio and a master’s degree with an emphasis in student services in higher education from the University of the Incarnate Word.