Release: Senator Hernandez Honors Norma Edith García as 2018 Woman of the Year

March 9, 2018

SACRAMENTOSenator Ed Hernandez, O.D. (D-West Covina) is recognizing Norma Edith García, Chief Deputy Director of the County of Los Angeles Department of Parks and Recreation, as the Woman of the Year for the 22nd Senate District.

Ms. García was appointed to this position in 2016, making her the first woman to serve in that capacity in the Department’s history.

A proud daughter of hard-working immigrants, Ms. García was the first one in her family to attend college. She earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science and a Master’s Degree in Urban Planning from the University of California, Los Angeles.

During college, she worked as a recreation leader in one of the most vulnerable communities in the San Gabriel Valley where she experienced first-hand the benefit parks provide as a safety net for children and families. These profound experiences served as the foundation for a life-long commitment, determination and passion for public service.

“I am honored to recognize Norma Edith Garcia as the Woman of the Year for the 22nd Senate District,” said Senator Ed Hernandez. “Her tenacity and determination to fight for communities in California has helped enrich countless lives. Due to her activism and local involvement, she is paving the way for future generations to have better access to green space, educational opportunities and economic empowerment. Thank you for all you do, Norma.”

The annual ceremony, sponsored by the California Legislative Women’s Caucus, honors the leadership of exceptional women throughout the state. This event will be held on the floor of the California State Senate on Monday, March 12. Ms. García will be presented a resolution in recognition of her achievements.

“I am humbled and honored to be recognized by Senator Hernandez and to stand alongside courageous trailblazing Women from throughout this great state that engage every day in building an inclusive and resilient California,” said Ms. García, 2018 Woman of the Year.

Every year, Senator Hernandez hosts a ceremony recognizing women of achievement and emerging leaders in the San Gabriel Valley. Ms. García will also be honored there, along with 21 other women, at a ceremony later this month.

Ms. García has been an active supporter in lifting up children and families, and strengthening communities throughout LA County. She currently serves on the Board of New Economics for Women, an affordable housing and social enriched services provider for women-led families.

Ms. García also serves on the Governing Board of Trustees for Rio Hondo College, which, under her leadership has led the region in providing one-year free tuition. Additionally, she co-founded and serves on the Board of the El Monte Promise Foundation, which is an organization that helps create a seamless cradle-to-college pathway in the greater El Monte and South El Monte region.

In 2015, Ms. García was invited to the White House by President Barack Obama where her work was highlighted by the White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for Hispanics.