Maricela Garcia

COMMUNITY CHAMPION AWARD
MARICELA GARCIA, CEO
Entity: Gads Hill Center
Maricela Garcia has had a hand in many of Chicago’s most powerful Latino-serving nonprofits throughout her accomplished career. She currently leads the Gads Hill Center, a community based organization founded in 1898 that creates opportunities for children and their families to build better lives through education, access to resources, and community engagement. She has more than 20 years of experience in nonprofit management, leading organizations through start-up, turnaround, and expansion, always fueled by her passion for social justice. García is the former executive director of the Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights and founding executive director of the Latino Policy Forum. She also worked as director of capacity building and juvenile justice policy at the National Council of La Raza.
Ms. Garcia came to the United States in the early 1980s fleeing the war in Guatemala.  After her arrival, she founded Casa Guatemala to assist newly arriving refugees and later co-founded Women for Guatemala, an organization dedicated to building solidarity among women in the U.S. with emerging women’s organizations in Guatemala. As a member of the Peace and Justice Committee, she engaged the international community in monitoring and upholding human rights in Guatemala by advocating at the United Nations General Assembly and Committees during the 1980s.
Maricela has served on various boards and councils including the National Immigration Forum, the National Network for Immigrant and Refugee Rights, Northwestern University Human Rights Center, the Chicago Community Renewal Society, Illinois Partners for Human Services, and Chapin Hall at the University of Chicago.
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