Speaking at MLK March 2020, with Congressman Lloyd Doggett
Grace Rose Gonzales was born and raised in San Antonio in the Jefferson neighborhood. She graduated from Thomas Jefferson High School and graduated from the University of Houston. Her professional design experience includes working in New York City for 9 years in the design/building industry, designing interior architecture for Fortune 500 companies like Disney and Coca-Cola. She returned to San Antonio and opened her firm Grace PG Design Group completing projects for the City of San Antonio, Bexar County, and the public and private sector. She is a registered Interior Designer with the State of Texas. Some of Grace PG Design Group clients have been the Alameda Theatre, the Guadalupe Theatre, and the historical renovation of Thomas Jefferson High School and Texas State Performing Arts Center. Her firm has also completed masterplans for developments from 10 acres to 2,000 acres that are located in Bexar County.
In her capacity as a design professional, and in honor of her Grandmother, Doña Elena de La Garza, Grace donated her design services for the renovation of the Guadalupe Theatre. Doña Elena operated "The Radiant Rose" Flower shop and De la Garza meat market for 40 years, one block away from the Guadalupe. Coming from a family of business owners, Grace learned the importance of giving and growing a strong community as a business owner. Doña De La Garza, was ever giving and helping everyone in need, and there was always a bowl of dimes at the pay phone for anyone to use. The love of community is a main driver for Grace to run for Democratic Party Chair.
Interior View of the Guadalupe Theatre (Left); The Radiant Rose Flower Shop (Right)
Grace and Tom Hughes (Vice President of Keystone) at a Tier One Neighborhood Event (Left)
Bexar County Small Minority Women Owned Business Committee - Grace Rose Gonzales Policy Chair (Right)
As an appointee, Grace has served on many boards, commissions and the bond oversight committees for the City of San Antonio, including the chairing of the Cultural Arts Board for 6 years. She was also appointed to the Zoning Commission and the San Antonio Port Authority representing District 7.
Grace's advocacy for small minority women owned businesses has been at both the City and the County by serving on their SMWBE Commissions. She is also past board member of the San Antonio Hispanic Chamber and a graduate of Leadership San Antonio, as well as serving on the Steering Committee for Leadership San Antonio.
Grace's passion for inner city revitalization had her serve on the committee that originally created the Deco District located in her neighborhood, Keystone. The second phase of economic growth in the Deco District, the Old Spanish Trail Cultural Corridor was just established and designated in 2018 with Grace leading the community component for Centro Aztlan Cultural Center, the applicant to the Texas Commission on the Arts (TCA). The Old Spanish Trail Cultural Corridor (OSTCC) is a 2.5 mile stretch of Fredericksburg Road and North Flores now has economic development viability for the arts through the State of Texas. The TCA OSTCC touches five inner city neighborhoods, including: Keystone, Jefferson, Alta Vista, Beacon Hill, and Five Points. Grace is currently the Keystone NA President where she resides, and her business is located.
Grace and Malena Gonzalez-Cid Executive Director of Centro Aztlan Cultural Center at the Old Spanish Trail Exhibit Hall Convention (Left); Grace and Hector Cardenas (Alta Vista Neighborhood) at the Old Spanish Trail Exhibit Hall Convention (Right)