Houston Treasure for 2018
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Cyndy Garza Roberts ranks among the best and strongest voices within the Houston Hispanic community. A native of San Antonio and descendent of one of the settling families of San Antonio, she is the eldest daughter of four children to Ramon and Mary Louise Garza.
Upon graduating from the University of Texas at Austin, Cyndy began her career as a news reporter for KTBC-TV (CBS). In 1979 she became a television broadcaster here in Houston at KTRK-TV, Channel 13. She was instrumental in the development of many of KTRK’s special charity programs, such as “Share Your Holidays” and “March of Dimes Caring Cradles.” Her career has spanned the television industry, energy industry, and governmental relations as a lobbyist.
Today Ms. Garza serves as Director of Public Affairs-Houston Division for the H.E.B. grocery chain, where she currently is responsible for the company’s public relations, community relations, media relations, governmental relations and philanthropic giving.
Cyndy is a Director and Lifetime member of the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo and currently is a member of the Corporate Development, International, and Trail Ride Committees. In addition, she serves on the Board of Directors for Latin Women’s Initiative; under her leadership as President, the organization contributed over half a million dollars to non-profits serving the needs of underserved Hispanic women and children. As past Board President of the Greater Houston Women’s Chamber of Commerce, the organization established women’s chambers in Mexico City and London. She is also on the boards of Houston Civic Events, Inc., Legacy Community Health Services, the YMCA of Greater Houston, and Hermann Park Conservancy. She is a member of Amigas Para Niños.
Cyndy has received numerous awards for her community leadership, including: Top 50 Most Influential Women in Houston (Houston Woman Magazine), Houston Livestock Show & Rodeo Trailblazer, Houston Association of Hispanic Media Professionals Legacy Award, Houston Woman on the Move (Texas Executive Women), Outstanding Woman of the Year-Media Category (Houston Hispanic Chamber of Commerce), American Institute of Public Service Media Award, Washington D.C., and YWCA Hispanic Women’s Hall of Fame.
She is married to 39-year HFD veteran, Thomas Roberts.