Quid Pro Quo: A Chinquapin Alumna Responds to Community Needs

By Quan Nguyen (’23)

Griselda Gallardo (’07)

Griselda Gallardo currently serves as a family development worker in underserved communities and works with children with disabilities in a preschool setting. For the past six years, after earning a B.A. from St. Edward’s University and an MBA from the University of Houston, Gallardo has worked in Family Development at BakerRipley.

In her work, Gallardo provides support to families with disabled children in their learning and early elementary skills. Gallardo assists children and their families, providing them with proper resources and testing that allow them to understand and improve their child’s learning process and skills. Gallardo mentions how rewarding and motivating it is to work with students and families in communities that resemble her own. 

Without a doubt, the pandemic has impacted Gallardo’s work. There is a mass shortage of first responders, so she and her colleagues now must work harder to assist the families they serve. Pandemic restrictions limit her interactions with parents and challenge her ability to construct strong relationships with them. As the pandemic lifts, Gallardo hopes to reconnect with parents and raise community support and awareness while helping these students through their education. 

Gallardo’s work at BakerRipley is inspiring and crucial during these tough times. Gallardo knows what it means to be a part of an underserved community. She embodies the Quid Pro Quo motto in her everyday life and chalks up her Chinquapin experience to prepare her for a life of giving back. 


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