Roger Garcia was born in Los Angeles and moved to Nebraska in 1995, living first in Schuyler and then Columbus. He is the proud son of immigrant parents with roots in Mexico, Honduras and Guatemala. Garcia attended the University of Nebraska at Omaha where he earned a bachelor’s degree in psychology and Latino/Latin American studies. He is currently finishing a master’s degree in public administration at Bellevue University.
While at UNO, 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 issues 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 secretary of the board for Justice for Our Neighbors. Garcia currently serves as the executive director of El Centro de las Americas, a Hispanic community center in Lincoln. He has served as a member of the Metropolitan Community College Board of Governors since August 2013.