Dr. Elba Garcia embodies a new breed of professional woman in the 21st century. She is not only a community leader, but is also a mother and wife, a dentist with her own private practice, and a role model for Hispanic women from all walks of life. Dr. Garcia is a former Dallas City Council Member and current Dallas County Commissioner for District 4.
Born and educated in Mexico City, Dr. Garcia earned her first Doctorate in Odontology from the Universidad Autónoma Metropolitana in 1984. She later immigrated to the United States, where she continued her education at Baylor College of Dentistry, earning her second Doctorate in Dental Surgery (DDS) in 1990. She is a small business owner having run her own private practice since 1998. Dr. Garcia also served as an assistant professor at the Baylor College of Dentistry. She is married to former Texas State Representative Domingo Garcia. They are the proud parents of two sons.
Dr. Garcia has always dedicated herself to community service, but began her service in public office in 2001 when she was elected to the Dallas City Council to represent the citizens of District 1. Besides representing her own District, she served on numerous committees and task forces, including Chair of the City of Dallas Domestic Violence Task Force and the Chair of Public Safety, where she spearheaded efforts that led to a record reduction in crime rates for the City of Dallas. She was also chosen unanimously by her colleagues to serve as Deputy Mayor Pro Tem and Mayor Pro Tem.
While serving on the Dallas City Council, Dr. Garcia was instrumental in steering a number of important public projects to completion, including securing critical funds for the Latino Cultural Center and spearheading the development of a new Animal Shelter and the Oak Cliff Cultural Center. Additionally, she worked with the Environmental Committee to institute LEED standards for City of Dallas buildings.
Dr. Garcia was elected to serve as Dallas County Commissioner by the citizens of District 4 in November 2010, becoming the first Latina ever to serve on the Dallas County Commissioner’s Court. During this first term in office, Commissioner Garcia has focused on making county government more transparent, saving millions in tax dollars by fixing Dallas County’s bail bond system, pushing projects forward like the long delayed Hunter-Ferrell Road project in Irving and Grand Prairie, and championing initiatives like the District Attorney’s new Animal Cruelty Unit. She is the Chair of Dallas County Criminal Justice Advisory Board, Bail Bond Task Force and the DWI Task Force. Dr. Garcia is a member of North Texas Behavioral Health Authority (NTBHA), Greater Dallas Homeless Policy Alliance, Public Employee Benefits Cooperative (PEBC), Prostitute Diversion Initiative (PDI) and an alternate for the Regional Transportation Committee. In her role as a Dallas County Commissioner, Dr. Garcia also appoints community members to various Dallas County Boards including the Parkland Board of Managers, the Dallas County Trail and Preserve Program Board, the Citizen Election Advisory Committee as well as several other boards and commissions.