Robert Garcia

Robert García, a civil rights advocate, engages, educates, and empowers communities on equal justice, human dignity, and access to parks, schools, health equity, cultural resource, and economic vitality. Director-Counsel of The City Project, a non-profit in Los Angeles, California, Robert received the President’s Award from the American Public Health Association. Hispanic Business Magazine recognized him as one of the 100 most influential Latinos in the US, PODER Magazine as one of the Top 100 Latino Green Leaders, and Green 2.0 as an environmental leader of color. Robert graduated from Stanford and Stanford Law School, and was an editor on the Law Review. He is an Assistant Professor at Charles Drew University of Medicine and Science. He served on the National Academy of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine committee to publish Communities in Action: Pathways to Health Equity. He helped release Black Panther Geronimo Pratt after 27 years in prison for a crime he did not commit. He represented people on Death Row in Georgia, Florida, and Mississippi. Before the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights, he represents the Archdiocese of Guatemala against the US for nonconsensual experiments that infected innocent people with sexually transmitted diseases. Stanford Law School called him a “civil rights giant,” and Stanford Magazine “an inspiration.” Robert served as an Assistant US Attorney for the Southern District of New York, and Western Regional Counsel with the NAACP Legal Defense Fund. He taught at UCLA and Stanford Law Schools. Robert immigrated from Guatemala when he was four.