Roger Garcia was born in Los Angeles and moved to Nebraska in 1995. He is the proud son of first generation immigrant parents with roots in Mexico, Honduras and Guatemala. Garcia holds a bachelor’s degree in psychology and Latino/Latin American studies, a master’s in public administration, and is currently pursuing a PhD in Theology.
While at the University of Nebraska at Omaha, Garcia became involved in a wide array of leadership opportunities, culminating with the achievement of the Senior Vice Chancellor’s Leadership Award and the Student Leader of the Year award. Since moving to Omaha in 2005, he has actively engaged in government and community affairs and has served on an array of nonprofit boards, including as president of the Nebraska Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, the chair of the South Omaha Violence Intervention and Prevention Partnership and as secretary of the board for Justice for Our Neighbors. Garcia currently serves as the executive director of El Centro de las Americas, the Hispanic community center in Lincoln, Nebraska. He also currently serves within a public office as a member of the Metropolitan Community College Board of Governors since August, 2013.