Engagement Associate, Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute

Texa Gaya joined FAU Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute in 2020 and currently works as the Engagement Associate. As a member of the Development team, she creates community engagement strategies and plans events. Her background is in hospitality, where she spent nearly 17 years in the luxury hotel sector feeding her passion for creating events and engaging with people from around the world. Growing up in Key Biscayne, Florida her love for the ocean was fostered from a very early age. Active in her community, Texa is involved with local non-profits and believes deeply in ocean conservation. Originally from Mexico City, Texa is fluent in Spanish and French. She lives in Vero Beach, FL with her husband and two children.


  • Florida International University: Bachelor of Arts in International Relations and Geography with a minor in French.