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Touro University California Vice President of Communications honored in Solano County

VALLEJO – April 19, 2016 –Touro University California’s Vice President of University Communications, Andrea Garcia, was honored at the 9th annual Solano Hispanic Chamber of Commerce (SHCC) awards and recognition gala for her significant contributions to the organization and dedication to the community.

Amidst dinner, dancing and a silent auction at the event Garcia, who has served as the SHCC’s President the past two years, was recognized with an achievement award for being “Community Leader of the Year.” The Gala is an annual event to raise scholarship funds for high school and college level Hispanic students in Solano. During this year’s event the organization gave out six scholarships and also recognized numerous local businesses in various categories. Later in the evening the SHCC was recognized by Assembly members Jim Frazier and Bill Dodd for its work in the community.

“I am humbled beyond words receiving this honorable award from my peers and the community,” said Garcia. “It is very important to me to play an active role in the advancement of the Hispanic community and I am grateful for my family’s support of my absence to accomplish great things with my fellow board members.”

As a distinguished alum of Solano College and having graduated magna cum laude from California State University, Sacramento with a degree in communications studies Garcia is no stranger to the rewards of hard work. In her previous role as a reporter she earned a fellowship at the University of Southern California Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism in addition to receiving multiple distinguished writing awards for her stories. Recently she acquired her MBA with a marketing focus from Touro University Worldwide.

Dr. Marilyn Hopkins, Provost and Chief Operating Officer for the campus commented, “Andrea is a passionate and charismatic leader with a huge professional network that helps our university make meaningful connections within   the community. She is a tremendous asset to our leadership team and an excellent role model for students who want to advocate for positive change in our community.”

In addition to her efforts in Solano, Garcia is a former honorary commander at Travis Air Force Base, serves on the Travis Credit Union Hispanic Advisory Committee, is on the Board of Directors for Leadership Vallejo, Fairfield Suisun Chamber of Commerce and the Vallejo Education Business Alliance. She is thankful to her family for supporting her active role in the community and the other SHCC board members for their dedication to the organization’s success.

The SHCC is the premier Hispanic business organization in Solano County.  The Chamber represents the interests of more than 100 members, more than 87,000 Latino residents, 23,000 Latino Households and 300 Hispanic-Owned businesses.  The mission of the SHCC is to strengthen Hispanic businesses by providing business tools, which advance development, prosperity and success in Solano County with an emphasis on inclusion of the Hispanic business community. Through its business, government and community partnerships the organization has developed a strong cohesive network of business partners dedicated to promoting business prosperity, educational parity, business and home ownership, citizenship, voting privileges, and political equity for the local Hispanic community.

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