Alida Garcia

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Alida Garcia is former National Latino Vote Deputy Director for Obama for America.

Background

Alida Garcia is a political strategist with an expertise in Latino civic empowerment and Latino infrastructure building in non-Latino institutions. She currently is the Director of Coalitions & Policy for FWD.us, a tech advocacy organization founded by Mark Zuckerberg focused on passing comprehensive immigration reform and spurring innovation in technology to increase citizen participation in the legislative process.

She served as the National Latino Vote Deputy Director for President Barack Obama’s 2012 reelection campaign whereby she focused on developing the national Latino vote program in the 11 priority battleground states, which ultimately produced the highest Latino voter turnout in Presidential campaign history. Some of Alida’s portfolio included: a primary focus on Colorado, which had the highest support level from the Latino community in a battleground state (87%); launching Latino strategies in nontraditional states such as Iowa and New Hampshire; and developing innovative digital strategies specifically geared towards engaging Latino youth on Obama for America digital platforms.

Alida Garcia was extensively involved in Los Angeles politics as the right hand for Austin Beutner, Deputy Mayor and founder of Evercore Partners, where she worked in economic development for Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa’s Office of Economic and Business Policy. Additionally, she chaired California Attorney General Kamala Harris’ Young Professionals, Latino efforts and vote count efforts, and was the California Latino Vote Deputy Director for President Obama’s 2008 Campaign. Prior to LA politics, Alida was an associate at K&L Gates LLP where she focused on commercial disputes and employment litigation. She is a graduate of Stanford University and Columbia Law School.[1]

Amnesty Rally

On June 17 2018, Alida Garcia tweeted that "Rio Grande Valley leader" Juanita Valdez-Cox of La Union del Pueblo Entero was at a "Border Processing Center" with Julian Castro.[2]

4-4-0-5 ticket

In 2002 the group Stanford University slates for class president included the sophomore 4-4-0-5 ticket consisted of Alida Garcia, Zach Katagiri, Ebony Nyenya, Paul Wilkins.[3]

Attacking "white privilege"

U.S. House of Representatives, Nevada’s 4th District, 2016. Lucy Flores, 36, is no doubt the only candidate running for Congress who at the age of 15 was a gang member on parole for auto theft. Flores credits her parole officer for helping turn her life around. After earning a GED, she attended the University of Southern California. An outspoken supporter of Bernie Sanders during Nevada’s February caucuses, Flores earned the enmity of the Latina Advisory Council, a new initiative of Emily’s List and the pro-Clinton super PAC Priorities USA to increase the number of Latinas elected to office. On March 10, Emily’s List announced it was endorsing Flores’ opponent, white philanthropist Susie Lee. In response, Alida Garcia, a political strategist for Obama’s 2012 campaign, slammed Emily’s List on Facebook, writing, “This is how white privilege works in ‘the establishment,’ pals. … White privilege is having your own money, moving into a district that’s competitive because of voters of color, never having worked for those people of color, and getting white organizations to endorse you because you have money.”

Race Will Win the Race conference

PowerPAC+ June 25, 2014;

Today's the day! #WINin2014 Race Will Win the Race conference is finally here. Check out what's to come and join us on Twitter @PowerPAC_Plus using #WINin2014. — with Stacey Abrams, Cory Booker, Trey Martinez Fischer, Representative Marcia Fudge and Mark Takano in Washington, District of Columbia.[4]

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Plus speakers Aimee Allison, Deepak Bhargava, Susan Sandler, Steve Phillips, Ingrid Nava, Andy Wong, Subodh Chandra, Linda Darling-Hammond, Alida Garcia, Julie Martinez Ortega.

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Alida Garcia and Linda Darling-Hammond.

Founders and Staff

Inclusv Founders and Staff.

Launch of Democracy in Color

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Launch of Democracy in Color Loew's Hotel Philadelphia July 25 2016, at Democratic National Convention.

Steve Phillips July 28, 2016

Words can't convey the power of these women taking the stage and showing by word and symbol what the future looks like. — with Stacey Abrams, Nina Turner, Lucy Flores, Alida Garcia, Rida Hamida, Jane Kim and Aimee Allison in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

POC staff

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In response to a Politico article bemoaning the dangers of a lack of POC staff working on Democratic Party campaigns.

Corryn Grace Freeman December 4 at 12:52 PM ·

I call bullshit... Here is a list of some of the phenomenal POC campaign staff I know at every level just within my network. Feel free to add the one's you know and I'll happily send to POLITICO

Jack Lofgren IV, Anurag Pal, Karen Andre, Ashley Green, Ashley Bryant, Dorien Paul, Siottis Jackson, Angie Nixon, Eunic Ortiz, Melissa Morales, Jazz Johnson, Ernest Lee Boston, Jr., Reginald Abraham, Anna Vishkaee Eskamani, Ida Vishkaee Eskamani, Jalisa Washington Price, Alida Garcia, Alicia Stallworth, Jones Alicia, Bertisha Jones, Asa R. Rogers-Shaw, Valencia Gunder, Stephanie Ighodaro, Victoria Elliott York, Marilyn Davis, Stefanie Brown James, Quentin James, Marcus Switzer, Alexis Camille Crews, Bianki Collection, Jamaa Bickley-King, Jamarr Brown, Max Clermont, Elbert Garcia, Antonio Lewis, Al Barrentine, Mila Al-Ayoubi, Tomas Kennedy, Francesca Menes, Nancy Metayer.

These are just the ones that I came up with without thinking... I'm sure I have a ton more. There are also resources like Inclusv that have thousands of POC campaign staff.

References

  1. [1]
  2. Tweet by Alida Garcia, accessed June 17, 2018
  3. [The Stanford Daily, Volume 221, Issue 37, 16 April 2002]
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