A Dallas native, Lacy de la Garza currently serves as Director of Parish & Community Relations for Catholic Charities Dallas. As a member of the CCD team, she focuses on facilitating relationships between parishes, community entities and the agency to better serve those in need within the diocese of Dallas. Her express goals are to build Catholic Charities fluency at all levels of leadership within the diocese, Catholic or not, and facilitate learning opportunities for the community to discover what we do, why we do it, and how to get involved. In addition, Lacy maintains CCD presence in key areas such as the University of Dallas Ministry Conference, Dallas Catholic Youth Conference, Anti-Poverty Coalition of Greater Dallas, the Mayor’s Star Council, an ecumenical leadership council, and others. Prior to joining CCD, Lacy completed a master’s degree in psychology, served in undergraduate admissions with University of Dallas, and as the English Rachel’s Vineyard coordinator for Catholic Pro-Life Community. She currently also oversees the Diocese of Dallas Synod as the Chair for the Synod Preparatory Commission under Bishop Edward J. Burns. In her spare time, she’s visited 49 of the 50 states!