Carlos Garcia, was born in Cananea, Sonora, Mexico and migrated to Arizona at the age of five. Carlos grew up in Tucson and spent his youth attending school and visiting his family in Sonora, Mexico. Carlos was raised by his mother and grandfather. He has spent the majority of his adult life working within the Arizona migrant community to provide various means of relief through organizing, culture, and education.
Carlos was drawn to community work and grew into leadership journey while in college as co-chair of MECHA at Arizona State University and as a national chair of the student organization. After graduating from Arizona State University, Carlos helped found the non-profit Puente Human Rights Movement and has served as its Executive Director for the past 7 years. With a strong vision and work ethic, Carlos has lead a the way for a national immigrant rights movement that has stopped the separation of thousands of families across the country.
Locally, Carlos has led in the transformational change of Arizona by co-founding One Arizona, a non-profit coalition focused on civic engagement, including voter registration. He has also been a key player in defeating the criminal Sheriff Joe Arpaio and in bringing about the lawsuit that challenged SB 1070. His work stands on the belief that diverse people with common struggles and vision have the power to change the course of history when given the opportunity through meaningful contributions, empowering learning experiences, growth through relationships, and the trusting accountability that communities project to propel leaders in the direction of true justice.
Currently, Carlos lives in South Phoenix with his wife, Alexis, and their two small children, Chimal and Yaretzi. On the weekends, they enjoy cheering on Chimal at basketball games at the Kroc Center and at chess tournaments.