Rauli Garcia is Chief Financial Officer of The Houston Symphony. In this capacity, he manages the accounting, budget, tax, audit, and IT activities of one of the nationâ€™s largest symphony companies, with an annual budget of over $30 million. He leads the symphony's senior management team in the preparation of annual operating budgets and financials, and works with the board of trustees of the Houston Symphony Endowment to provide oversight to the endowmentâ€™s portfolio.Â
Before joining the Houston Symphony in 2013, Mr. Garcia was the CFO for Houston Grand Opera for five years, where he managed the Finance, IT, and HR functions of the company. Â Prior to that he was a vice president with investment advisor Paul Comstock Partners, where he oversaw the institutional client portfolio, client development and relationships, with a particular emphasis on foundation and endowment portfolio management, estate planning, charitable trusts and wealth management. He has also worked for Frontier Investment Management in Dallas, and Charles Schwab in Denver and Austin. He held a Certified Financial Planner certificate and an American Humanics certificate in nonprofit management.Â
Mr. Garcia earned his Master of Business Administration from the Jones Graduate School of Business at Rice University, where he was elected class representative for two years. He earned his Bachelor of Science in psychology from the University of Houston.Â
Mr. Garcia continues to be actively involved with Rice University where he serves as a member of the board and Executive Committee for the Jones Partners at the Jesse H. Jones Graduate School of Business, where he also acts as a student candidate interviewer. In 2010, he originated the Jones Graduate School Alumni Night at Houston Grand Opera. Mr. Garcia is also a member of the Rice University Alumni Association.
Outside of his activities with Rice University, he and his wife, Danna are the proud parents of two children, Alex and Joey, and is the Cub Master for his son's Scout Troop.