Placed Leaders

Rochelle Garza


Texas Civil Rights Project

We partnered with the Texas Civil Rights Project on the search for a President. The Texas Civil Rights Project serves the movement for quality and justice in and out of the courts and envisions a Texas where all communities thrive with dignity, justice and without fear. Using legal advocacy and litigation, they strive to protect and advance the civil rights of everyone in Texas, particularly the State’s most vulnerable populations, and to effect positive and lasting change to law and policy.

Our work resulted in the recruitment of Rochelle Garza to the role.

Garza is a 5th generation Tejana and civil rights attorney from the Rio Grande Valley. She was the Democratic nominee for Texas Attorney General in 2022.

Garza made history as the first Latina nominated to run for Texas Attorney General. She won the Democratic nomination after dominating a 5-way primary race and resoundingly winning a runoff election, each by over 20 points. In the general election, she outperformed all Democrats on the statewide ticket and outperformed every candidate, Republican or Democrat, in Latino majority counties, including the Rio Grande Valley. In total, she raised almost $4 million and had her race covered in over 100 local, state, and national media outlets, and was endorsed by every major newspaper in Texas.

Garza has spent her legal career fighting for the civil rights of children, immigrants, and families. She has legal expertise in immigration, family, criminal and constitutional law. In 2017, she took on Donald Trump, Ken Paxton, and Brett Kavanaugh when they tried to prevent an immigrant teen, Jane Doe, from exercising her right to choose — and won. Her work on that case resulted in the “Garza Notice,” a federal requirement that teens in immigration detention be given access to abortion care, which is still in effect today.

She lives with her husband, Adam, their daughter, and their dog, Ramses, in Brownsville, Texas.

Garza graduated from the University of Houston Law Center and from Brown University with honors.