Olivia Garcia, PhD

Olivia Garcia

Public Policy and Training Manager, Casa De Esperanza: National Latin @Network


Olivia Garcia, PhD, serves as the Public Policy and Training Manager with Casa de Esperanza: National Latin@ Network for Healthy Families and Communities where she supports the research, training and policy teams on advocacy for Latin@ families. She completed her doctorate in Political Science from UCLA with an emphasis on Race and Ethnicity Politics, Gender Studies and Political Theory. Her research focuses on the Violence Against Women Act and the ways in which the theory of intersectionality is absent from policy, although it is a necessary consideration when on-the-ground advocates are helping foreign-born, Latina, immigrant victims of intimate partner violence.

Before joining the National Latin@ Network, Dr. Garcia’s accomplishments as Director for Underserved Populations at the National Center for Victims of Crime (NCVC) include contribution to curriculum and national training on best practices for language accessibility and a co-authored research investigation on the cost of crime victimization presented at the American Society of Criminology. Dr. Garcia led NCVC’s incorporation of inclusion practices and contributed to the Center for Victim Research, a newly established center which connects researchers and practitioners in the field of victim services. Some of her most recent accomplishments include her completion of a United Nations (UN) course on Women and Gender Empowerment. This course took Dr. Garcia to the UN headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland. A co-authored publication on combating gender-based violence in post-emergency situations was the result of her participation in this training.

For the last few years, Dr. Garcia has taught courses at the University of Florida and the University of Texas, El Paso (UTEP) and as a Teaching Fellow at the UCLA Center for American Politics and Public Policy. Dr. Garcia also served as the Director for the Hispanic-Latino Cultures Institute at the University of Florida and the Associate Director of the Graduate School’s Professional Development unit at UTEP.

Dr. Garcia received her Bachelor of Arts from Beloit College and studied at the University of Arizona where she received her Master of Arts in Political Science. Her first academic interest in Hispanic/Latino studies came with her master’s thesis which was on the Chicano/a Southwest social movements. She has served as an adjunct faculty member at El Paso Community College in her hometown of El Paso, Texas since 2005.