USACE Galveston District Spotlight on Nelida Vazquez-Figueroa

Published March 1, 2016

GALVESTON, Texas (March 1, 2016) ­– Nelida Vazquez-Figueroa displayed a knack for numbers from an early age and after completing an introductory accounting course at the Advanced Computer & Electronic College, during her senior year in high school, she knew she would put her talent for numbers to work in the financial field. Now a program analyst for U.S. Army Corps of Engineer’s Galveston District, she oversees various financial aspects of the Regulatory Division – a department best known for evaluating permit applications for construction activities that occur in America’s waters and wetlands. 

“I enjoy being part of an important mission not only for the Galveston District, but for our nation,” said Vazquez-Figueroa. “I seek opportunities to maximize our resources,” said Vazquez-Figueroa. 

While Vazquez-Figueroa relies heavily on her analytical skills to perform her job duties, her favorite aspect of this career is the ability to mentor others working in her field. 

It’s rewarding when other program or budget analysts in the district or region have enough trust in me and my expertise to know that I will guide or point them in the right direction,” said Vazquez-Figueroa. 

A native of Puerto Rico, her federal career began on the other side of the world, in Augsburg, Germany, as an accounting technician working for the U.S. Army’s 69th Signal Battalion. Vazquez-Figueroa credits the Army’s promotion opportunities for helping her to move up the career ladder.

“Each position has been a stepping stone that has helped me to gain understanding in the financial field, from lower level responsibilities to where I am today,” said Vazquez-Figueroa. “I’m truly blessed to have had the opportunity to work for some amazing military organizations that execute incredible missions.”

Vazquez-Figueroa earned an Associate Degree in Business Administration, with a concentration in accounting, from the Arecibo Technological University College of the University of Puerto Rico as well a Master’s Certificate in Federal Financial Management from the U.S. Department of Agriculture Graduate School. Currently, she is pursuing a certificate in program and management analysis from the U.S. Department of Agriculture Graduate School.

When she isn’t maximizing taxpayers’ resources for the USACE Galveston Regulatory Division, Vazquez-Figueroa is busy with her two children and their friends, who also call her Mom. Vazquez-Figueroa also enjoys dancing, shopping and spending time at the beach.

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