(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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.”
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
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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Release no. 16-008