Karla Garcia is a proud native of Southeast Dallas and a product of Dallas Independent School District schools. A proud daughter of immigrants, her parents came to the United States from Guanajuato, Mexico with a dream of a bright future for their children. Her parents’ strong desire for her to obtain a college education propelled her to attend Irma Rangel Young Women’s Leadership School, the first public all-girls magnet school in the state of Texas. After graduating high school she attended the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill where she studied public policy and entrepreneurship.
As a first-generation college student she sought opportunities to enrich her personal and professional career and has traveled extensively to broaden her global perspective. During her last semester at UNC she worked at the White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for Hispanics at the U.S. Department of Education. Her unique experiences in the private and public sector while working in Washington, D.C., London and Dallas have helped solidify her aspirations in public service.
Upon graduating from UNC she 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 decided to run for DISD school board to represent the perspective and needs of students in her community.
Karla is running to represent the communities of Pleasant Grove, Seagoville and Balch Springs because she shares the lived experiences of current District 4 students and 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.