Jazmin Garcia, Manager of Fellowship Programs
Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute
Jazmin Garcia serves as the Manager of Fellowship Programs at the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute (CHCI) where she oversees participant leadership development and program operations for the Public Policy and Graduate Fellowship Programs. She was born and raised by Mexican immigrants in San Diego, California with a strong connection to her community across borders. An alumnus of the CHCI Public Policy Program she completed her CHCI Fellowship with the Office of U.S. Representative Juan Vargas and the Service Employees International Union (SEIU).
Prior to joining CHCI, Jazmin aided the Policy, Research and Advocacy Department at the National Association for Latino Elected and Appointed Officials (NALEO) Educational Fund. During this time Jazmin played a key role in the foundation and advancement for NALEO’s Staff Up Congress, a program which serves to provide educational training to promote the hiring of Latino candidates to top congressional positions. In this capacity, Jazmin also served as the primary researcher for one of NALEO’s electoral reports titled, Races To Watch, where she collected and synthesized all data of Latino Candidates in school board, city, state, and federal races across the 50 United States.
Jazmin previously dedicated her time to international program management through one specific program, a Leadership Workshop for youth in the rural village of Makuleke, South Africa. It is here where Jazmin worked towards collaboration and catalyzing global change as she facilitated the development of leadership and aiding in ‘The Equalizers’ efforts to promote equal education in South Africa.
Jazmin also serves as the Vice President of Membership for Toastmasters International, Diplomatically Speaking Chapter and holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science from the University of San Diego.
“CHCI exposed me to the adjacent possible. “A sort of map of ways that the present can reinvent itself…” I accepted my Public Policy Fellowship with my heart set on serving my community by working for the House of Representatives and it was through the vast exposure to public and private industries that I learned I could serve my Latino community in many different facets. I learned my career didn’t have just one trajectory and that it could evolve and change as I did. I also built a family and community, part of a legacy, that will be with me for the rest of my career.”