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Gloria Cano

  • Gender: Female
  • University: Texas A&M University - Kingsville
  • University: New Mexico State University
  • Undergraduate Degree: Business Administration
  • Graduate Degree: Public Administration
  • Organization: US Government Accountability Office in Dallas/Fort Worth Area
  • Position Title: Senior Auditor
  • HSF Leadership Role: Member, HSF Advisory Council, Dallas

Gloria remembers the many ways her parents encouraged her and her siblings to learn and explore, as they were growing up, including having them read and discuss articles in the daily newspaper, organizing museum visits and nature trips, and even buying a used encyclopedia set for them that was full of information, even though it was missing a few volumes. She adds that her mother who was orphaned at an early age and not permitted to attend school by her guardians, was determined to provide her own children every opportunity to get an education.

Gloria says that regardless of this foundation, she still felt unprepared academically. But with determination and inspiration supplied by family members, she attended Texas A&M University-Kingsville, where she worked in the university library and participated in student organizations focused on finance and electronic data processing, while earning a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration. She then went on to complete a master’s degree in Public Administration from New Mexico State University.

Today, Ms. Cano is Senior Auditor for the US Government Accountability Office in her region, where she has worked as an auditor for over 25 years. In her current role, she is responsible for reviewing programs and auditing the financial statements of government agencies, such as the Internal Revenue Service, FDIC (Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation), US Securities and Exchange Commission, and US Department of Defense. Prior to her work in government, she worked as a credit analyst for a commercial bank.

She is currently a member of ALPFA (Association of Latino Professionals for America), which honored her with the Women of ALPFA Award. She also belongs to the Institute of Internal Auditors, and the Association of Government Accountants and is a recipient of the US Government Accountability Office Managing Director's Award.

A member of the HSF Advisory Council in Dallas, she says she was motivated to join, partly due to her own experiences with higher education, as well as her interactions in recruiting for her agency and working with high school students and other volunteer works. She particularly values HSF for “assisting students with pursuing a higher education and inspiring them to be productive members of our communities.”

For  those who are preparing to graduate from college and enter their professions, she provides this straightforward advice: “Be flexible, reliable, and don't forget to assist those coming behind you.”