Denice Garcia was born in Tijuana, Mexico and raised in San Diego, California. Growing up in a dynamic border town had a strong influence on her desire to pursue a career in community and international relations. Through her work and civic commitments, she became passionate about youth leadership development and Latino business community empowerment.
Prior to selection as a National Urban Fellow, Denice served as Director of Community Outreach and Economic Development for San Diego Councilman Mark Kersey, helping to establish a new bi-national focus for his office. Prior to that, she worked in the Office of the Mayor Jerry Sanders in the City of San Diego as Director of Boards and Commissions and Protocol/Bi-National Affairs.
Prior to her work for the City of San Diego, Denice served as Events and Corporate Relations Manager for the San Diego County Hispanic Chamber of Commerce and as Special Projects Director at Latino Literacy Now/Edward James Olmos Latino Book and Family Festival. She executed the first annual National Latino Literacy Day and Folklorico Championships for the organization.
Denice is a graduate of San Diego State University, with a degree in International Business with an emphasis on Latin America and a minor in Psychology. She also studied at the Universidad de Salamanca, Spain. Her professional development includes graduation from LEAD San Diego's IMPACT program (2010) and H.O.P.E (Hispanas Organized for Political Equality) Leadership Institute (2009). She serves as Honorary President of the National Latina Business Association-San Diego Chapter.
Denice is eager to strengthen her foundational knowledge of government infrastructure, policy processes, and international relations through the National Urban Fellows program. She looks forward to a long and rewarding career in public service.