Frank Garcia

Executive Director, The Puente Project
Frank Garcia | Executive Director, The Puente Project
September 25, 2012 2:00:10 PM PDT
Frank started his academic career as a community college student at Cabrillo College in Aptos, California, where he helped fundraise to start the Educational Opportunity Program and hire the College's first Latino counselor. As a former community college student, Frank has a deep understanding of the challenges facing today's community college students.

He completed concurrent bachelor's degrees at UC Berkeley in Sociology and Chicano Studies. Later, he continued his studies at Stanford University, concentrating on bilingual/multicultural education, and access and retention of students of color in higher education.

Frank is an experienced educator, having taught at San Francisco State University (SFSU), at Fresno State University in the Elementary and Secondary Education Teacher Training Programs, and at Washington State University as an Assistant Professor in the School of Education and the Department of Comparative American Cultures. At SFSU, Frank held a series of academic and administrative positions: Assistant Professor of Education, Director of the Mission Academic Complex Academic Support Group, Director of the Accelerated Schools Project, and Coordinator of the Step to College Program. In addition, he was a founding staff member of the Oakland Street Academy Alternative High School, where he taught social studies and later served as principal.

Frank's commitment to access, equity and quality in education led him to serve eight years on the Board of Hayward Unified School District. He continues to be active in a number of community organizations and educational initiatives.

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