The National Urban Fellows will be a premier leadership development organization and voice of authority on leadership diversity in our country. We will develop people of color and women who are committed to public service. Our programs and network of Fellows, Mentors, Alumni, and Community Partners will impact our nation by inspiring excellence and diversity in public service leadership for a changing America, promoting social justice and equity.
Miguel A. Garcia, Jr., Our President & CEO
From his days as a National Urban Fellow, Miguel Garcia‘s professional journey has come full circle, leading him back to the institution that provided him with an edge. For the past 35 years, Garcia has held a variety of leadership and staff roles in the corporate, government, and nonprofit sectors. His focus in the diverse areas of public policy, grantmaking, school-to-work transition, youth leadership and development, and education has enabled him to develop as an effective problem-solver with keen analytical skills. Garcia has served on several Boards of Directors in New York City and New York State and was elected to serve as a Community School Board member in the Bronx. In addition to receiving a National Urban Fellowship, Garcia was honored with an Institute for Educational Leadership Fellowship. Garcia held the position of Program Officer at the Primerica Foundation, where he had a glimpse into the socio-economic demands and diversity of America. He founded Health Opportunities High School in the Bronx, where his responsibilities included managing the curriculum and instruction, supervising faculty and support services, and fostering educational and community relationships. Garcia was the Dean of Crisis Intervention for Special Education Students at DeWitt Clinton High School and an Academic Coordinator for an Entrepreneurship Honors program.