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About Coda

Coda Rayo-Garza is a policy advocate, researcher, and educator. She has worked in the non-profit and government sectors in various roles, including Director of Policy, Advocacy and Strategic Communications. She is a former Lecturer of Political Science teaching for nearly a decade. She is currently working on social justice issues as Director of Racial Justice and Gender Equity for YWCA San Antonio.


Coda has been appointed to various boards and commissions including the City of San Antonio's Ethics Committee, Bexar County/City of San Antonio Complete Count Committee, City of San Antonio Neighborhood Improvements Committee, and others. Coda currently serves on the Board of Directors for Communicare Health Centers. She is co-founder of the nonprofit Fiesta Wishes. 


She is a graduate of the Latina Leadership Institute and a New Leaders Council fellow. Coda is a Political Partner with the Truman National Security Project and a Term Member with the Council for Foreign Relations. 


Coda's commentaries have been published in Governing Magazine, Route-Fifty, Inside Sources, Associated Press, Texas Tribune Trib Talk, The Rivard Report, San Antonio Express-News and more. 


Coda is a first-generation college graduate and daughter of immigrants. She earned her M.A. in Political Science from the University of Texas at San Antonio and a B.A. in Philosophy from Texas State University. She is a PhD student in Applied Demography.