M—nica Garc’a

Member Board of Education, District 2

Los Angeles Unified School District

Biography

 

M—nica Garc’a was elected to the Board of Education in June 2006, becoming the third Latina to serve on the Board in its 155 year history.   As a newly elected board member, she gives voice to the hundreds of thousands of children and families that rely on education for access to good jobs, healthcare and a sustainable quality of life.  In affirming her commitment to a quality and equitable educational system, Ms. Garc’a supports initiatives that provide all students access to a college preparatory curriculum, career and technology pathways. 

 

Ms. Garc’a comes to LAUSD with experience from the classroom to the boardroom.  For six years, Ms. Garc’a served as an Academic Advisor at Foshay Learning Center in South Los Angeles through the Volunteers of AmericaŐs (VOA) Educational Talent Search Program.  During this time she was chosen to staff the National Student Leadership Congress at American University, in Washington D.C. and was selected as a National Association of College Admission Counseling (NACAC) Scholar.  She was also a founding member of Camp College Los Angeles which served middle school students in the Los Angeles Unified School District.   Through her work as a guidance counselor, Ms. Garc’a developed a keen insight into the individual needs of students and their families.   More importantly, she solidified her belief that when given the opportunity and access, every child CAN learn.

 

M—nica Garc’a has deep roots in the community and has devoted her life to making Los Angeles a better place to live, work and raise a family.  As Director of Community Services for Eastmont Community Center, Ms. Garcia provided direct social services, referrals and opportunities for community engagement. As the founder and co-director of Comadres In Action and the Soy Inteligente Project, Ms. Garc’a designed and implemented college readiness skills workshops for first generation college students and their families.

 

Prior to joining the Board of Education, Ms. Garc’a served as Chief of Staff to Los Angeles Unified School District Board President JosŽ Huizar throughout his 4 year tenure.  As Chief of Staff, Ms. Garc’a was an effective leader and focused her efforts to reduce dropout rates and improve academic achievement throughout the district.  Ms. Garc’a worked side by side Mr. Huizar to increase opportunities for all students and their families. Their efforts contributed to creating safer schools, building 160 new schools across the city to reduce class size, and establishing a policy that guarantees every student in the district access to the courses necessary to attend a four year university.

 

As a newly elected Board Member, Ms Garc’a is committed to the children and families in LAUSD and to the greater coordination of resources and services in education.  In addition, Ms Garc’a has made the full implementation of the A-G Board of Education Resolution passed in June 2005 one of her top priorities.   As such, children will be guaranteed the opportunity to graduate ready for college or the workforce.

 

Ms. Garc’a was born and raised in East Los Angeles.  She attended local schools and graduated from the University of California, Berkeley with Bachelor of Arts degrees in Chicano Studies and Political Science.  She later earned her Masters in Social Work from the University of Southern California.