Awards Earned by Dr. Elba Garcia

Dr. Garcia is honored to have received numerous awards throughout her years in public service. The awards she’s received since becoming a Dallas County Commissioner include all of the following.

Awards earned while on the
Commissioners Court

2020 2020 Chris Howell Foundation – Faithful Service Lifetime Achievement Award
2019 2019 AEM Dallas Fort Worth Chapter – Lifetime Achievement Award
2019 Unlocking DOORS – Susan McHenry Golden Key Award
2019 Oak Cliff Chamber of Commerce – 2018 Public Servant of the Year
2018 2018 WBE Hall of Fame – Leadership Advocacy Award
2018 Community Council – Community Impact Civic Leader Award
2018 Women of Wisdom – Elite News
2018 Grand Prairie United Charities – Community Impact Award
2018 City of Dallas Parks and Recreation – Empowerment of Women
2017 It’s Going to Be OK – Shaniya Davis Human Rights Award
Texas Assn. of Mexican-American CofCs – Govt. Hispanic Business Advocate of the Year
2016 Verna’s H.E.L.P. Foundation – Living Legend Award
2015 America’s Blood Centers – It’s About Life. Blood Drive Award
IGNITE – Trailblazer Award
2014 DCET/Believe in Yourself, Inc. – Silent Hero Azteca Award
Dress for Success Dallas – Inspirational Leader Award
Greater SW Black Chamber of Commerce – Woman of Distinction Leadership Award
Keep Irving Beautiful – Green Government Award
Texas Rangers Baseball Foundation – August Héroe en la Comunidad
2013 Greater Grand Prairie Hispanic Chamber of Commerce – Los Amigos Philanthropy Award
Dallas County Democratic Party – Democratic Elected Official of the Year
Dallas Convention & Visitors Bureau – High Tea With High Heels Award
2012 Mi Escuelita – Hero Award
Stonewall Democrats – Distinguished Service Award
Telemundo – Hispanic Business Salute
Texas Democratic Party – Rising Star Award
Immigrant Journey Awards – Immigrant Spirit Award
Natl. Assoc. for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) – President Award
2011 Oak Cliff Chamber of Commerce – Public Servant of the Year
League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC) – District 3 – Woman of the Year
Low Birth Weight Development Center – Awards of Hope 2011 Visionary Leader
2010 Stonewall Democrats – Democrat of the Year

Awards earned while on the Dallas City Council

  • American Assoc. of Univ. Women (AAUW) – AAUW 100 Women of Distinction Award
  • American Jewish Congress – Women of Spirit Award
  • Aspen Rodel Fellowship in Public Leadership Program selection
  • Dallas Can Academy – Most Outstanding Community Leader
  • Dallas Film Commission – Advocacy in Film Award
  • Dallas Fire and Rescue – Recognition Award
  • Dallas Observer – Best Dallas City Council Member (2002, 2005)
  • El Centro College – Outstanding Alumnus Award
  • Greater Dallas Hispanic Chamber of Commerce – Chairman’s Award (2004, 2005, 2008)
  • Greater Dallas Hispanic Chamber of Commerce – Chairman’s Leadership Award
  • Institute of Mexicans Abroad (IME) – OHTLI Award
  • McDonald’s® – Salute to Local Leaders Hispanic Faces of Leadership
  • Northeast Texas Library System – Government Official of the Year
  • Oak Cliff Chamber of Commerce – Best Oak Cliff Public Servant Award
  • Oak Cliff Tribune – Citizen of the Year Award
  • Rotary Club of Dallas & Safer Dallas/Better Dallas – Citizens Public Safety Award
  • Texas Animal Control Association – Presidential Citation
  • Texas Can Academy – Motherhood Lifetime Achievement Award
  • Women’s Council of Dallas County – Woman of the Year
  • YWCA – Women of Oak Cliff Achievement Award

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