Alex Garcia is running for the Baltimore City Democratic State Central Committee because he knows the value of public service. He is committed to fighting for a progressive Democratic agenda that pursues a more inclusive community in which everyone can prosper.
Alex began his public service in high school, when he volunteered on local Democratic campaigns and served in the Student Democrats. After earning his Bachelor’s degree in History from Creighton University, Alex joined the Peace Corps where he served as a health educator in rural Morocco.
Alex moved to Baltimore after his Peace Corps service, and quickly fell in love with the city he calls home. Alex worked for several years for a local nonprofit in the 43rd District, where he trained and supervised AmeriCorps volunteers in education programs around Baltimore. His work helped support Baltimore City schools, libraries, and adult literacy programs.
In 2015, Alex was appointed to the State Commission on Service and Volunteerism by Governor Martin O’ Malley, and was later elected Chairman of the Commission. In this position, Alex supported programs that addressed pressing issues affecting Baltimore and all of Maryland, including education, poverty, welcoming immigrants, and promoting financial literacy. As Chairman, Alex promoted the valuable role that volunteers play both in the everyday lives of Marylanders, and helped distribute over $4 million in AmeriCorps funding to support local programs.
Alex’s commitment to public service has continued since his time on the Commission. For the past two years, Alex has served on the Maryland Democratic Party’s Latino Leadership Council, where he has helped facilitate the growth of Latino political engagement in Baltimore. He is an active volunteer with the Alternatives to Violence Project, which facilitates non-violent conflict resolution programs in prisons. He also recently served as a volunteer for the Mayoral Transition Team, where he promoted healthy food access and pushed for transformative solutions to Baltimore’s homelessness crisis. In addition, he serves on the board of a training and leadership institute for young progressives.
Alex lives in Ednor Gardens-Lakeside with his wife, Laura, who works as Family Nurse Practitioner at a health clinic for homeless Baltimoreans, and their dog, Molly.