Racquel Gilford
Computer Systems Engineer, United States Auto Association

Racquel Gilford is a dedicated leader with a passion for academic and autodidactic learning. She is committed to the betterment of communities she belongs to through arts, technology, holistic wellness education and training.

She brings over ten years of experience in Information Technology as a Systems Engineer. She has led geographically-distributed teams of engineers with a concentrated focus on the high availability and reliability of the systems she supports and business institutions she serves.

A highly organized individual and proven performer, Racquel is committed to the success of projects and programs she participates in both inside and outside of work. Since college, Racquel has given back through various outreach programs. By speaking with middle and high school students on her experience and opportunities in STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math), as well as a motivational speaking as a Division 1 student-athlete and artist.

In addition to this, Racquel is a board member of several community based organizations. The African American Quilt Circle of San Antonio who is focused on the heritage and tradition of African American quilting. The cultural and educational youth focus group known as The S.T.E.P. Org. As well as, Sustainable G’s, a project committed to making cultural connections and empowering communities through traditional plant medicine and knowledge. She has also donated her skills to other charitable organizations and social entrepreneurs because she enjoys using her creative works and technology know-how to serve people focused movements and activities.

As an artist and visual scholar, Racquel pushes to archive and share the rich untold history of underrepresented groups and their future possibilities. Her latest work is focused on women across the African diaspora through metal, fiber, spoken word and other mixed-media. She hopes to inspire groups and communities to learn about these women and share their own unique stories. Her works have been featured and used in workshops at the National Women’s Studies Association (NWSA), the San Antonio’s Official Tricentennial Celebration events, the San Antonio Black International Film Festival (SABIFF) and currently on display at the Institute of Texan Cultures.

Racquel holds a Master of Science in Computer Information Systems from Texas A&M University Corpus Christi. Racquel is a “forever student” continuing her education and learning new technologies, art forms and more. She is also currently training to become a clinical and registered herbalist through the American Herbalist Guild (AHG).