Chief of Staff

Ricky Garcia

"Ricky Garcia"Ricky Garcia is the Chief of Staff for the Department of State Health Services (DSHS). Since joining DSHS in 2012, Ricky has held various leadership roles providing strategic direction and guidance on public health policy, external relations, system coordination, process improvement, and executive operations. During his tenure, Ricky has served as the Director of the Center for External Relations, the Director of the Center for Policy and External Affairs, and the Director of the Center for Consumer and External Affairs before becoming Chief of Staff in March 2020.

Prior to DSHS, Ricky held various positions within the Texas Health and Human Services Commission (HHSC) in roles focused on health policy and governmental relations. Ricky’s previous state government experience includes the Texas Legislative Budget Board, Texas Senate Committee on Health and Human Services, and the Texas State Auditor’s Office

Ricky has a Master of Public Affairs from the University of Texas LBJ School of Public Affairs, and a Bachelor of Arts from Vanderbilt University.