Griselda says that when she was growing up, she didn’t personally know any Latinos in professional careers and also didn’t know how to leverage a college education. “I thought it was for others,” she says, “not me.” She got married and became a mother, and her family became her priority, which put education even more out of reach. Ultimately, however, being a mother gave her a fresh perspective on higher education.
Ultimately, she made the decision to pursue an Associate of Applied Science degree in Computer-Aided Drafting and Design at San Antonio College. By this time, she was the mother of three, and going back to school was not easy. Finances, time, and the need for daycare and transportation, were all obstacles she had to navigate. She says that her HSF Scholarship enabled her to go to college, pay for her books, and afford childcare. Later, after her husband had completed his BS in Nursing, she returned to college and earned a BS in Civil Engineering from the University of Texas at San Antonio.
She began her career as an analyst at Kimley-Horn and Associates, Inc., and then moved to Klotz Associates, Inc., where she worked her way up from Engineering Associate to Project Engineer, earning an Innovator and STAR award along the way. Her growth trajectory continued when she took a position as a Project Manager for EHRA, where she managed teams that provided engineering services to both public and private clients.
Today, she is a Principal Engineer for The Goodman Corporation (TGC), a transit and mobility project planning firm, based in Texas. In this role, she helped design and construct a memorial park at the corner of a high-traffic intersection, where, according to the Houston Chronicle, a number of pedestrians and cyclists had been struck. The project brought together engineers, activists, politicians, and neighbors, in an effort to shift driving and walking culture, and increase safety within the community.
Outside of work, she is a member of the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce and the American Society of Hispanic Engineers. She is actively involved in American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE), as well as in the Houston Chapter of American Society of Civil Engineers. She is also involved in a project through Leadership Houston, that aims to provide resources to homeless youth. In 2016, she was awarded the Houston Women’s Magazine Maximum Mom Award.
As an HSF Alum and Mentor, she has been able to share her story with Scholars and other newcomers to the HSF network, and she is pleased at having the opportunity to help inspire others by way of example. She sees HSF as a doorway to a better future for the US, through the development of the Hispanic community “by assisting with education and job opportunities, providing networking opportunities, and changing mindsets.”
Her advice to those about to embark on their professional career is direct. “Never stop learning,” she admonishes, adding, “take advantage of all the opportunities that come your way.”