Treasurer | Vice President of Community Development and Outreach, Mountain Star Federal Credit Union
El Paso, TX
Larry Garcia is the Vice President of Community Development and Outreach for Mountain Star Federal Credit Union. Mr. Garcia, a Vietnam-era veteran from EL Paso, Texas, has been at the forefront of the credit union movement for 34 years and has served in leadership roles including President/CEO of El Paso Credit Union HOAP Inc. and as Vice President of Community Development for GECU, a $2.4 billion credit union.
Among Mr. Garcia’s expertise, he has 14 years of experience managing a successful affordable housing national pilot, The El Paso Affordable Housing Credit Union Service Organization (CUSO) and HUD housing counseling agency that promoted financial education, savings, and offered housing counseling, financial education, IDA savings programs, VITA free tax preparation, mortgage readiness and predatory lending awareness to underserved Latino markets. In addition, Mr. Garcia has successfully established a housing program through an NSP2 Grant, as well as credit union funds, to construct affordable homes and identify and prepare borrowers to become mortgage ready, and provided home purchase assistance to qualifying borrowers. He has also participated in the City of El Paso’s Fair Housing Taskforce, which conducted an Analysis of Impediment to Fair Housing Choice that became the basis for fair housing planning for the City of El Paso.
Of his many notable awards and honors, he has directed the development of a financial education workshop for persons with disabilities that won the National Disability Institute’s National Individual Best Practice Award.
Mr. Garcia currently serves on the board of directors of NALCAB- National Association for Latino Community Asset Builders and he was a founding board member for a HUD FHIP, Border Fair Housing and Economic Justice Center which conducted numerous investigations that led to reconciliations and fair housing training.