Maria de la Luz Garcia

Title: 
Director of Census
Organization: 
Office of Mayor Eric Garcetti
Bio: 

Maria de la Luz Garcia currently serves as the Director of the Census 2020 Initiative for the Office of Mayor Eric Garcetti. In that capacity, she is responsible for ensuring that all Angelenos are counted in 2020. Working collaboratively with the County of Los Angeles and a diverse coalition of community stakeholders, she and her team are helping to build a regionwide Census 2020 outreach and education effort.  ​Prior to serving in this position, Ms. Garcia served as the City Clerk for the City of Long Beach where she was responsible for administering municipal elections, maintaining municipal records, informing the public of upcoming City Council and Commission meetings, and officiating marriages. During her time there, she introduced a variety of civic engagement programs and led the efforts to consolidate the City’s June 2016 Runoff Election with the Statewide Primary Election, which resulted in historic voter turnout levels.

She has also led efforts in the City of Los Angeles to incorporate community voices in the electoral process in her capacity as Senior Project Coordinator for the. City Clerk’s Election Division. While there, Maria launched the City’s first voter outreach and education campaign known as, “L.A. City Votes!”, in partnership with community organizations.  Prior to working for the Los Angeles City Clerk’s Office Maria oversaw the NALEO Educational Fund’s Voces del Pueblo voter engagement program where she focused on mobilizing low propensity Latino voters.

She has obtained Leadership Certificates from CORO Southern California and the Los Angeles Fire Department’s Leadership Academy. Ms. Garcia is a graduate of Vassar College, where she obtained a Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology and Anthropology. She received her Masters of Public Administration and Certificate in Public Policy from USC’s Price School of Public Policy.