Lisa Swint is currently serving on the Garden Ridge City Council. Born and raised in Houston, Texas, Lisa has lived in Garden Ridge for over eight years and has fallen in love with both the beauty of the city and the kindness of its citizens. She is running for City Council again because she loves to serve and has a lot left on her to-do list. As an involved parent and experienced city volunteer, she represents a vibrant and optimistic voice in the community.
As a City Council Member, she was instrumental in growing the Garden Ridge Market Days event. The Market started at city hall with a few dozen vendors and has grown into the largest market in South Texas. She helped the Market Manager navigate the complexities of working with local government and supported her taking the Market private so it could successfully evolve into the asset it is today. She was involved in the development and approval of the 2252 sewer line project slated to bring light retail to the area as well as the Smart Meter project spearheaded by the water department. She also serves as Ex Officio for the Wildlife Management Advisory Commission.
Lisa is the acting President of the Davenport High School Theatre Booster Club and handled many aspects of the school’s outdoor production of Grease including fundraising, volunteer management, publicity, ticket sales and communication with Comal ISD.
She was invited to participate on the 2020 Comal Forward Committee by CISD Superintendent, Dr. Andrew Kim and Executive Director of Communications, Steve Stanford. The Committee was formed to address growing enrollment in the elementary and middle schools and the challenges of funding future facilities.
She previously served on the Parks Committee and received a Certificate of Completion in her participation in the educational session Infusing Nature into the Everyday Spaces of Childhood. Lisa was instrumental in the selection and installation of the new equipment at Paul Davis Park. As the project lead, she represented the Committee in front of City Council Lisa helped grow both the city’s annual Tree Lighting event and the Fourth of July Celebration with additional programming to serve hundreds of Garden Ridge families. She continues to volunteer her grant writing services to the Parks Committee.
She was a founding board member of the Friends of the Library and the Library Teen Advisory Board- both on hiatus due to Covid.
While a Board Member of the Children’s Autoimmune Brain Disorder Association (CABDA), she visited with Texas legislators at the Capital advocating for children, her daughter included, with autoimmune encephalitis. The end result of this advocacy is House Bill 2783, authored by Texas Representative Terry Wilson and introduced in March, relating to the establishment of the Pediatric Acute-onset Neuropsychiatric Syndrome Advisory Council.
Lisa’s educational background includes a BA in English Literature and an MA in Counseling. Professionally, Lisa has extensive experience in nonprofit fundraising serving as a Development Officer for the University of Houston Honors College and Director of Corporate Relations with the Alley Theater. More recently she held the role of Vice President of Program Development for her father’s engineering company.
Lisa and her husband, Todd Vagi, are partners in the North Park Audi dealership and are proud sponsors of the Tree Lighting, Fourth of July celebration, National Night Out, Garden Ridge Citizen Police Academy Alumni Association Car Show and various programs at GRES, DHS and Canyon High School.