David Garza is executive director of Henry Street Settlement, the 125-year-old Lower East Side social service, arts, and health care organization serving more than 50,000 community members each year. Appointed director in 2010, Garza—a long-time advocate for expanding employment opportunities, fair and affordable housing, and strong and healthy families—had previously led the agency’s Workforce Development Center. David is a graduate of Harvard College and the Institute for Not-for-Profit Management at Columbia Business School. He serves on the boards of the Betances Health Center, Citizens Committee for Children, Human Services Council, New York City Employment and Training Coalition, and United Neighborhood Houses.
Under Garza’s leadership, Henry Street has deepened its community partnerships by developing a unique community advisory board; built workforce development infrastructure through the collaborative Lower East Side Employment Network; established Promoting the Arts through Henry Street (PATHS), which weaves the arts into all aspects of the organization’s services; completed a $20 million capital campaign that includes the purchase of an abandoned firehouse that is being transformed for community use; established an innovative and highly successful homeless aftercare program; and invested in The House on Henry Street, an NEH-funded permanent exhibition in the organization’s historic headquarters. In 2018 David was named by City & State New York to the inaugural Nonprofit Power 50 list.