Delia Garcia currently serves as the Executive Director of the National Migrant & Seasonal Head Start Association (NMSHSA), managing the operations that this organization has led since 1969 regarding national policy, program and resource development, legislative advocacy for Migrant & Seasonal Head Start programs, and representing migrant and seasonal farm worker families who work tirelessly under extreme conditions to provide our country with a safe and secure food source. Garcia also serves as the National Co-Chair of the Hispanic Education Coalition (HEC).
Prior to serving as Executive Director, Delia served as the Senior Liaison at the National Education Association where she facilitated and brokered strategic relationships with groups like the White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for Hispanics and the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute around educational issues and advocacy, as well as managed multi state grant sites and implemented DACA Trainings. Prior to Washington, DC, she was elected to the Kansas House of Representatives in 2004, where she became the first Latina woman and, at the age of 27, the youngest female to serve in the Kansas Legislature. During her six-year tenure, she served her constituents with a passion for and strong track record of championing advances in higher education, small business, women issues, health access, labor, and diversity issues. Delia values mentorship, and decided not to run for re-election and supported her former intern who currently holds the legislative seat today. She was a strategic legislator in fighting off anti-immigrant legislation while encouraging a healthy, bi-partisan dialogue on these issues, and protecting the In-State Tuition state law passed in 2004. She has a long track record in electoral campaigns, having worked in the arena since 1996 in federal, statewide, and local races in Kansas and Texas. Garcia is a national leader on public policy related to education, women issues, small business, Latinos in government service, civic engagement, and the process of running for elected office.
Delia received her Master’s Degree in Political Science, with an emphasis in Public Administration from St. Mary’s University in San Antonio, Texas. She is a graduate of Wichita State University and the Harvard University Executive Leadership Program. Ms. Garcia has received numerous recognition for her leadership and community service, including a permanent exhibition in the State of Kansas Historical Society Museum as the first Latina elected in Kansas, the MALDEF Matt Garcia National Public Service Award, and the National Latina Trailblazer in Government awarded by the U.S. Hispanic Chamber of Commerce and Latina Chamber of Commerce. She is nationally recognized in various national publications, including Newsweek and Latina Style magazines, as well as her published research on the Psychological Behaviors of Young Latino Voters Ages 18-24.
Delia is the proud granddaughter and niece of farm-workers, and the proud aunt of ten nieces and nephews of five sisters.
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