Aura Garcia has dedicated her career to the advancement of her community through the education sector – most recently as executive consultant and grant writer in the Office of the President at Los Angeles Mission College. She began her professional career at the Los Angeles Education Partnership, and later at the Youth Policy Institute – where she secured funding and resources for the launch of the FamilySource Centers, which provide services and support for low-income families. Garcia also served as a Commissioner on the City’s North Valley Area Planning Commission. Prior to that, she worked as Mayor Eric Garcetti’s East Valley Area Representative and Regional Manager in Garcetti’s Office of Public Engagement. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Interdisciplinary Child Development from California State University Northridge and a Master’s Degree in Executive Leadership from the University of Southern California.