John Garcia is the Founder and President of Garcia & Associates, a consulting firm specializing in intergovernmental relations. He is also a member of the U.S. Small Business Administration’s Advisory Committee on Veterans Business Affairs. Mr. Garcia previously served in the Obama administration as the Deputy Assistant Secretary for Intergovernmental Affairs at the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs.
Mr. Garcia spent many years in state government service. In 2003, he was appointed by Governor Bill Richardson as the first Cabinet Secretary of the New Mexico Department of Veterans Services—a position he held for eight years. Prior to that, he served as Governor Bruce King’s Deputy Chief of Staff and Cabinet Secretary of the New Mexico Economic Development Department.
A member of numerous boards and committees, Mr. Garcia has been recognized by many organizations, including De Colores, Inc. for the New Mexico Hispanic Business Leadership Award. He also has received the National Hispanic Leadership Award from the Mexican-American Foundation and the American Center for International Leadership Award.
Mr. Garcia was a member of the U.S. Army’s 4th Infantry Division from 1969 – 1971, serving as an infantry sergeant in the Central Highlands of South Vietnam.