Marcia Garcia grew up in the border region and spent her first years between El Centro, California and Mexicali, Mexico before moving to Chula Vista, California. Marcia joined the Basic Needs Center as the Graduate Student Lead during her second semester of graduate school. In this role, Marcia and the graduate team worked on improving outreach to graduate students and increasing resources, including expanding CalFresh eligibility for graduate students. Additionally, Marcia helped co-facilitate the UC systemwide CalFresh pod meetings. Prior to receiving her Master of Public Policy, Marcia worked at LIFT, the San Diego Hunger Coalition, and Legal Aid Society of San Diego helping connect individuals to social safety net programs while simultaneously working with external partners to improve system delivery for immigrants, unhoused individuals, college students, and the greater community. In her spare time, she loves grabbing coffee, taking pictures, and talking about her dog Lola.
Community Services Coordinator