Diana Garcia
Council Assistant, City of San Jose

Diana Garcia immigrated to the United States from Mexicali, Mexico at the age of six. Since then she has been proud to call San Jose her home. She is currently working as a Council Assistant for the Vice Mayor’s office of the City of San Jose. In her current role, she oversees homelessness, code enforcement, parks & neighborhood services for Council District 1. At a very early age through her parent's community involvement, Diana learned the importance of activism and empowering others to find their voice to demand social equality. Diana is determined to connect underserved communities in her council district to city services and inspire others to serve their communities.

Prior to working with the City of San Jose, Diana served as a Youth in Development Volunteer for Peace Corps Thailand. As a volunteer, she worked with Bangphai Municipality in Central Thailand to co-teach English at two rural schools, design life-skill summer camps for underserved students, and lead various community beautification projects.

Before serving as a Peace Corps volunteer, Diana was an intern for a year with the Council District 1 office in the City of San Jose. She was exposed to a variety of land-use projects and community outreach events. In addition, Diana completed the Asian Pacific American Leadership Institute (APALI) in Fall 2016. Diana holds a B.A. in Political Science from San Jose State University. She was the first person in her family to earn a bachelor's. As a San Jose State University student, Diana was awarded the A.S.55 Leadership Award for her involvement in campus and was named Homecoming Queen Fall ’2015. She was awarded a scholarship to study International Business for a summer in Jyväskylä, Finland.