Thomas Ray Garcia is a writer, educator, and entrepreneur. He is former candidate for the Texas State Board of Education, District 2 (2022). He is the founder and executive director of the College Scholarship Leadership Access Program (CSLAP), a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that teaches college access lessons and connects near-peer mentors to high school students in the Rio Grande Valley.
The Rio Grande Guardian was the first online newspaper to launch on the South Texas border, starting out in July, 2005. It is still the market leader, setting the pace and breaking news often before traditional media outlets.