Marlene L. Garcia
Executive Director

Executive Director Marlene Garcia

(Officially joining CSAC on May 1, 2019)

Marlene Garcia has 25 years of experience working on education policy issues for a variety of government and higher education institutions. In the fall of 2012, she joined a top Silicon Valley tech company to transform the collegiate learning experience and increase the success of students through digital learning opportunities.

 Prior to her tenure in the tech industry, Ms. Garcia was a Gubernatorial appointee, serving as Vice Chancellor for Government Relations at the California Community College Chancellor’s Office, California State University’s Deputy Director for State Policy and policy advisor to former Assembly Speaker Willie L. Brown, Jr.

Ms. Garcia has been nationally recognized for her work and was featured as one of 11 “Higher Education’s New Generation of Thinkers” in the 2005 edition of the Chronicle of Higher Education. Also a Fellow with the National Center for Public Policy and Higher Education in 2004, she is active in several organizations both nationally and in the Sacramento community where she resides with husband Phil Garcia and their three boys.

Ms. Garcia earned a Bachelor’s degree in Spanish Literature from UCLA and a Master’s Degree in Public Policy from Claremont Graduate School.