Karla Garcia is proudly raised in Southeast Dallas and a graduate of the Dallas Independent School District. The daughter of Mexican immigrants, Garcia shares a passion for a better quality of life made possible by a high-quality education. As a student in Dallas ISD, Garcia attended the Irma Rangel Young Women’s Leadership School, the first public all-girls magnet school in the state of Texas. The first in her family to attend college, Garcia earned a Bachelor’s degree in Public Policy from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Made possible by a higher education, Garcia’s experiences in her personal and professional career have prepared her to serve in elected office. Through the League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC) and IGNITE, Garcia learned the power of civic education and service for her Dallas Community. As a college student, Garcia interned with the White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for Hispanics and Center for Faith-based and Neighborhood Partnerships at the U.S. Department of Education. These unique experiences in the private and public sector while working in Washington, D.C., London and Dallas have shaped a passion to expand access to opportunities for all students.
Upon graduating from UNC, Garcia returned to Dallas in search of impacting change in her local community. She is currently working with the Dallas County Promise to make college education possible for all students. Questioning the inequities that still exist in the public school system, particularly in Southeast Dallas, Karla ran for and was elected to the Dallas ISD Board of Trustees representing District 4 in 2019.
Karla is running for reelection to represent the communities of Pleasant Grove, Seagoville and Balch Springs because she aspires to a larger vision of success and opportunity for all families. She is a fierce advocate for underserved communities and believes that systematic changes can improve the quality of education for all students in DISD.
Awards and Recognitions
- 2020 Texas Women’s Foundation Young Leader of the Year
- 2020 League of Women’s Voters Young Leader of the Year