Anel Mercado

Executive Director

Anel Mercado is the executive director of Read Fort Worth. The organization was formed by Mayor Betsy Price, Fort Worth ISD Superintendent Kent Scribner, civic leaders and the philanthropic community to coordinate a cross-sector, collective impact effort to ensure that 100 percent of third-graders are reading on grade level by 2025.
Anel has a passion and extensive experience for serving the community in various roles, from mentoring youth and other emerging leaders to engaging key stakeholders at all levels to create avenues for systems change.
No stranger to the dynamic collective impact work, Anel served as the director of Phoenix-based Thriving Together, a multifaceted partnership serving as a catalyst bringing together different sectors of the community and along the educational continuum to strive for better results in education, for every child, youth and young adult from cradle to career.
She relocated to Phoenix from Seattle where she served as an educator consultant for the Public Health Department, developing and implementing strategies to reduce health disparities for the Latino community by addressing access to care issues at community and systemic levels. Mercado has served on various community nonprofit boards, commissions and is a long-standing supporter of the national Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program. She received her Bachelor of Science in Social Sciences and Cultural Anthropology from the University of Washington.

Director for Programs and Partnerships (TBA)


Art Garcia

Communications and Marketing Consultant


2018 Frisco Rough Riders photographed in Frisco, Texas on April 3, 2018. (Photo by/Sharon Ellman)
2018 Frisco Rough Riders photographed in Frisco, Texas on April 3, 2018. (Photo by/Sharon Ellman)
Art Garcia is the Communications and Marketing Consultant for Read Fort Worth. Art brings more than 20 years of communications, public relations and journalism experience to his role. He is an award-winning writer and accomplished public relations professional.
Previously served as Director of Communications for the Frisco RoughRiders, the Double-A affiliate of the Texas Rangers. Art is currently co-Media Relations Director for the First Responder Bowl and Armed Forces Bowl, which are both operated by ESPN Events. He directed all media relations and communications duties for the NCAA Division I athletic department at the University of Texas at Arlington from 2012-2016.
Art enjoyed a long and distinguished career as a reporter at two major Texas daily newspapers -- San Antonio Express-News and Fort Worth Star-Telegram -- before becoming the first interactive content manager for the Dallas Mavericks and a columnist at
Art is a San Antonio native and graduate of Texas A&M University. He lives in Arlington with his wife Stacy and their two children.