Chris Garcia recently served as the Mayor of the City of Cudahy. He grew up in a working class single parent household headed by his mother, Olivia Velasquez. He is a proud product of the Cudahy school system having attended Teresa Hughes, Elizabeth Learning Center, and Bell High School. Through the help of scholarships and grants, Chris went on to earn his degree in Political Science from the University of California Los Angeles (UCLA). While at UCLA, he became actively involved with the Latino Leadership Council and Hermanos Unidos; both organizations are dedicated to advancing the educational attainment of Latino students. He assumed leadership positions in both organizations and assisted with marketing, communications, and recruitment. As an undergrad, Chris secured an internship in the Office of Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, within which he gained first-hand experience of how city government and public policy intersect. After graduating, Chris continued to be involved in local politics while at the same time securing a professional position. He is currently working on his MBA in Non-Profit Executive Management.
Chris was compelled to action when, on June 22nd, 2012, three Cudahy city officials were arrested for bribes and solicitation surrounding medical marijuana dispensers. Shortly after, he founded United4 Cudahy, a website designed to inform, engage, and educate residents about the issues affecting their city. Chris was instrumental in rallying residents to attend city council meetings to have their voices heard, while at the same time pushing for special elections. His initiatives helped to change the city council meetings to a later evening time, thus allowing for more residents to attend meetings and become actively involved in the political process. Through his leadership and tireless efforts, Chris pushed for Spanish interpreting services to be included as part of the regular city council meetings, thereby allowing residents an opportunity to engage in city council discussions.
Chris believes in an open and transparent leadership and is committed to ensuring that city services and programs are fully restored. He is dedicated to making sure that local government is responsive to the day-to-day needs of its residents.