Elizabeth Eguia-Garcia is an entrepreneur and the founding Chief Executive Officer of Guide to Grants Plus®, [www.guidetograntsplus.com] a company designed to provide grants and resource development consulting services for non-profit organizations and educational institutions.
She earned her Master of Arts degree in Communication Studies from St. Mary’s University, and her Bachelor of Arts degree in English/History from Our Lady of the Lake University.
She is a graduate of numerous distinguished programs including Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government’s Executive Leadership Program, the Center for Creative Leadership’s Leadership Development Program, NHLI Executive Leadership Program [Class of 2004], Our Lady of the Lake University’s Center for Women in Church and Society’s Leadership Development Institute for Hispanic Women, and the Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities Internship Program with the Bureau of Indian Affairs. She has received extensive professional training in the field of fundraising, grant writing, public relations and social media networking. She is a member of the Association of Fundraising Professionals since 1999.
Elizabeth is the founding Chair of the Board of Directors for Voz de Mujer, a non-profit charitable organization which exists to, “empower and educate women to actualize their potential and aspire to achieve their dreams for the benefit of their families and ultimately their communities.”
As a professional fundraiser, Elizabeth currently serves as the Advancement & Development Director for Holy Cross of San Antonio. She most recently fundraised for the Hope, Courage and Justice Project (founded by another NHLI alumna, Amy Serrano) in order to bring direct relief to the Haitian people in the Dominican Republic post-earthquake in 2010.
She recently volunteered her time to raise funds for a Humanitarian Direct Relief Mission for the Haitian communities after the January 12 earthquake that hit Haiti. She subsequently went as a delegate on this mission that brought relief items including food and supplies to 200+ families in the Dominican Republic.
Elizabeth is a public speaker and trainer of grant writing techniques and effective fundraising strategies.
In addition to raising her beloved son in San Antonio, Texas, her hobbies include creative writing, hiking and photography.