Catherine Garcia Flowers is a servant leader with moxie and the mother of three extraordinary college students and a husky named Drogeaux. A statesman, tested and tried she leads with passion. She is the daughter of immigrants from the Bay Island of Roatan in Honduras. Her parents were married for over 54 years. It is her parents resilience that molded her into a versatile, enthusiastic, and results-oriented leader and advocate.
With over 20 years of rich experience in government, community development, civic engagement, and non profit experience, she is known for the ability to win community support, develop key coalitions and build mutually beneficial relationships. As the CEO of Bread of Life, Inc and the New Amazing 102.5 FM Radio she has mastered her adeptness at directing complex projects and programs necessitating the application of creative approaches, designating operational priorities, and managing resources to operational goals and budgets.
As the founding director of the City of Houston Department of Neighborhoods she demonstrated her ability to inspire, navigate and manage change. As the VP/CRA Officer for Capital One Bank she used her persuasive communication skills to expand the affordable housing pipeline. In every endeavor she is committed to adding value and exceeding expectations through creative idea generation and disciplined judgment.
Strategic Thinker. Problem Solver. Innovator. Catalyst. Christian.
Catherine Flowers, is a first generation American and a macro-scale thinker. Currently she is the CEO of Bread of Life, Inc. a 25 year old 501-c3 social enterprise. She has more than twenty years of successful nonprofit, government and corporate management experience. Because of Hurricane Katrina she arrived in Texas right in time to advocate and serve thousands of evacuees from New Orleans while serving as the Director of Governmental and Community Affairs for the Lieutenant Governor of Louisiana.
Known by many as a servant leader with moxie, Catherine is not afraid to be a catalyst for change. She was responsible for creating and managing the Department of Neighborhoods for the City of Houston. She created the community engagement plan for the Houston Super Bowl 51 Host Committee. She was instrumental in engaging thousands of uninsured Texans to ensure their access to healthcare through the Affordable Care Act. She has created schools, affordable housing and other various opportunities for communities throughout the US. Ms. Flowers has raised millions in capital for constituents. She also works closely with decision makers throughout the community representing non-profit organizations, national and local government, and small businesses. Catherine’s advocacy and influence assists in building long-term capacity to provide direct services to communities in need.
Catherine’s true passion is advocating for those who cannot speak for themselves.
A Track Record of Excellence in Advocacy
- As the CEO of Bread of Life she has served more than 150,000 individuals & distributed more than $45 million in goods and services since Harvey
- Founding Director of the City of Houston Department of Neighborhoods, Mayor Annise Parker
- Survived Katrina and raised over $10 Million in Hurricane Relief funds as church administrator, Good Hope MBC
- As Community Affairs Officer of the Road Home Program, she assisted more than 130,000 Louisiana citizens affected by Hurricanes Katrina and Rita. Served as the Community Affairs Officer
- Board Member & Advocacy Chair for six years, Children’s Assessment Center
- First to Lead the Affordable Care Act Education Campaign in the Greater Houston Market
- Wrote the community engagement plan for the Super Bowl 51 Host Committee
- Board Member, Coalition for the Homeless
- Member, Texas Advocates for Justice
- Court Appointed Special Advocate
- Board Member, Greater Houston Black Chamber
- Board Member, Fruition Tech Lab
- Two sons and a daughter. Youngest two are on full-tuition scholarships at Tulane University
- 3rd Ward Complete Communities – Security Co Chair
- Vice President, Riverside Civic Club
- Cohort Member, Texas Organizing Project Boards and Commissions Leadership Institute
- City of Houston Youth Violence Prevention Committee
- Hermann Park Rotary International Member