Patricia Avila-Garcia
Program Associate, Community Water Center

Patricia is a motivated public health advocate passionate about addressing health disparities affecting rural communities through direct service, research, and policy advocacy. Patricia earned both Bachelor of Arts degrees, in Social Welfare and Psychology, and a Master of Public Health degree at UC Berkeley. While at UC Berkeley, Patricia held leadership roles in student organizations dedicated to promoting equity and inclusion in higher education and advocating for immigrant rights.

Patricia is passionate about achieving health equity by addressing social determinants of health and has years of experience serving populations in safety-net healthcare systems. She spent years conducting academic research in the field of psychology with the goal of designing digital mental health interventions for patients receiving mental health care in safety-net settings. This work sparked an interest in policy advocacy to improve health of vulnerable populations.

Currently, she is a Program Associate at Community Water Center where she advocates for the right of all Californians to have safe and affordable drinking water. In this role, she supports strategic policy campaign by participating in the legislative process, serving in stakeholder advisory groups, and providing recommendations for equitable policies..

Patricia is the proud daughter of immigrant parents. She attributes her compassion for others, work ethic and achievements to her humble upbringing in a resilient home and community. With roots in the Central Valley, she has a personal and professional commitment to give back to her community.