Councilmember Monica Garcia is dedicated to serving the residents of Baldwin Park. Her top priorities include promoting safe and healthy neighborhoods, greater economic opportunities, and improved city services for all Baldwin Park residents.
Working with her colleagues on the City Council, as well as with city staff and residents, she is committed to making an impact in these areas during her first term in elected office.
Councilmember Monica Garcia was elected to the Baldwin Park City Council for a four-year term in November 2007. She is proud to represent the City of Baldwin Park, where she and her family have lived and worked for over 30 years.
Monica attended Tracy Elementary, Holland Jr. High, and graduated from Baldwin Park High School. She earned her Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Southern California (USC), upon completion of her general education at Mt. San Antonio College (Mt. SAC).
As part of her college experience, she was selected from a competitive pool of candidates to intern with the Office of the Speaker of the California State Assembly, and with the National Organization for Women Legal Defense and Education Fund (NOWLDEF) in Washington, D.C. These experiences further strengthened her commitment to public service.
In 2001, Monica served as a Field Deputy to State Senator Gloria Romero where she was responsible for issues pertaining to women, children and families.
In 2002, the Baldwin Park City Council appointed Monica to the planning commission where she served as Co-Chair and Chair. In this role, she helped bring better businesses and more jobs to the City.
Between 2003 and 2006, Monica served as a Deputy for the Los Angeles City Council and Mayor’s Office. Among her accomplishments, she worked diligently with community activists and city departments toward the creation of an environmentally friendly dog park along the Arroyo Seco. She also worked toward the completion of a concrete skate park and additional park improvements with an estimated cost of 1.4 million dollars. Additionally, Monica helped form several neighborhood watch groups that were successful in combating illegal activities and bringing much needed city services to the respective areas. She also coordinated special events such as “Days of Service” and “National Night Out,” which brought out 500-1000 constituents, on each occasion, to help make a difference in their community.
After many years in public service, Monica now works in the private sector. She understands how government and business operate – and she is putting her experience to work for the residents of Baldwin Park.
Her mother, brother and sister-in-law are educators with the Baldwin Park
Unified School District; her niece and nephew are students at Santa Fe Elementary;
and her father is a Baldwin Park business owner.