Norma Edith García, Trustee Area 1
Term of Office 2009-2013
Ms. Garcia was was elected to the Board of Trustees in November, 2009. She represents Trustee Area 1 which includes the City of El Monte.
Norma Edith García attended Citrus Community College, transferred and graduated from UCLA, earning a B.A. in Political Science and M.A. in Urban Planning. She presently serves as the Deputy Director of the Planning and Development Agency for Los Angeles County Parks and Recreation. As the Deputy Director, Ms. García oversees environmental & regulatory permitting, land acquisition & obligation, park & facility master planning, architecture & design, and water & environmental planning for an inventory of 94 local and regional parks, 14 lakes and lagoons, 15 natural areas, 4 arboreta and botanic gardens and 65,528 of recreational acreage.
Previously, Ms. García served as the Community and Environmental Deputy to Los Angeles County Board of Supervisor Gloria Molina and was responsible for policy development in a myriad of environmental and open space issues. As an advisor to Supervisor Molina, Ms. García was instrumental in the creation of the Elysian Valley Gateway in Los Angeles, Thienes Gateway Park in South El Monte, San Jose Creek Vista in Unincorporated Avocado Heights, Cudahy/Riverfront Greenway Project, and various other Emerald Necklace projects in the San Gabriel Valley. Prior to that, she served as an Associate Regional Planner for the Southern California Association of Governments (SCAG) where she was responsible for regional housing planning and policy development and developed specific regional plans and coordinating housing planning activities among regional stakeholders.
Ms. García is an ardent believer of building better communities, and works to achieve this through her active participation in numerous civic and professional organizations, including: El Monte Coalition of Latino Professionals (emCLP), Latino Urban Forum, and Hispanics Organized for Political Equality (HOPE). Ms. García currently serves as the Chair of the California Community Foundation’s ‘Community Building Initiative’, which is a 10-year effort to revitalize the community by engaging residents and developing their leadership, and improving the physical environment and social services. Ms. García formerly served as the Chair of the El Monte City Planning Commission and the Watershed Conservation Authority for the San Gabriel and Lower Los Angeles River Watersheds.
Ms. García has been honored as the 49th Assembly District Latina of the Year in Community Involvement, graduated from the HOPE Leadership Institute, and was awarded a Conflict Resolution Fellowship through the U.S. State Department, which allowed her travel and focus on resolving complex planning issues in Indonesia. Ms. García enjoys traveling, cycling, and spending time outdoors. Ms. García is a life-long resident of the beautiful community of El Monte.
Demographic Information on Trustee Area #1:
Total Population 80,402
Am. Indian/Alaskan 0.30%
Nat. Hawaiian/Other Pl 0.08%
Other Race 0.09%
Pop of 2 or more Races 0.94%
Voting Population 66.12%