Brenda Garcia-Van Auken

In 2003, Brenda Garcia-Van Auken returned to Iowa from New York City, settling down in her hometown of Muscatine. After working for two Fortune 500 companies, she became an entrepreneur, operating an agency providing State Farm Insurance & Financial Services. She is an active community member, having served and currently serving, on a number of Boards and organizations: United Way, American Red Cross, the Chamber of Commerce, Diversity Services of Iowa, Rotary, Muscatine Community College Business Department Advisory Board, Naace, and National Association of Financial Advisors.

A first generation immigrant, Iowa schools afforded Brenda the opportunity to become the first in her family to achieve post-secondary success, graduating with a B.B.A., Marketing and an International Business Certificate from The University of Iowa in 1991. She is passionate about education and giving back. She has established an annual scholarship program through the Muscatine Community School Foundation and has awarded numerous scholarships to graduating high school seniors. Once a high school intern, Brenda offers internships through her business to high school students and Muscatine Community College students. She is also a dedicated Muscatine School Board member. In 2012, Brenda was appointed to the Board of Educational Examiners.

She and her husband, Ryan, are proud parents to their two very active elementary school daughters.

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