Albion Mayor Victoria Garcia Snyder – The Albion College Pleiad Online
, 2022-11-04 08:05:38,
Mayor Victoria Garcia-Snyder is Albion’s current mayor and has been since 2020. Garcia-Snyder, an ‘89 alumna from Albion College, is currently seeking re-election this week, on Nov. 8. Mayor Garcia-Snyder answered The Pleiad’s questions via email on Nov. 1.
The Pleiad: What is your background? Where is home for Mayor Garcia-Snyder?
Mayor Garcia-Snyder: I am a lifelong Albion resident. I am the youngest of four daughters born to Alberto and Agosta Garcia, who were migrant workers until they came to Albion in the 60s. My father retired from Hayes Albion after working for more than 30 years, and my mother retired from Albion College after 20 years. They were my role models for a hard work ethic. I am a proud graduate of Albion High School, and after high school, I enrolled in Albion College as a first-generation student. I was a varsity athlete (volleyball) during my time as a Brit, and I graduated in 1989. I also have a Master’s degree from Western Michigan University.
The Pleiad: What is your professional educational background?
Mayor Garcia-Snyder: I have worked in higher education for over 20 years. I have held positions in multicultural affairs, institutional advancement, and admissions, and I currently serve as the Student Resolution Advocate at Jackson College. My work in higher education has always centered on providing educational opportunities and support to first-generation students like myself. My work for the city is purposely centered on providing service to families with children.
The Pleiad: Who is a non-governmental community leader that you’ve worked with that had a positive effect on both you and the community of Albion?
Mayor Garcia-Snyder: I work closely with Mr. Harry Bonner who has been a local leader in our community for decades. He currently runs the program ‘Kids at Hope’ and the Substance Abuse Prevention Services. His knowledge, local and state-wide contacts, and respect from community members has been a crucial asset to my work as mayor in problem-solving areas that need collaboration from area non-profits. I am proud to say that I have his full support in my campaign for re-election and I hope to continue my work with him in providing solutions for our residents.
The Pleiad: What are the main issues that affect Albion and what has been done during your term to…
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