Denice Garcia
Chief of Staff

Denice was born in Tijuana, Mexico and raised in San Diego, California. Growing up in a dynamic border town had a strong influence on her desire to pursue a career in government and international relations. Denice received her Master’s Degree in Public Administration as a National Urban Fellow at CUNY in New York City. She is also a graduate of San Diego State University, with a degree in International Business, an emphasis in Latin America and Spanish, and a minor in Psychology. She studied at the Universidad de Salamanca, Spain.

Before joining the Office of Supervisor Vargas, Denice served as the Director of International Affairs for Mayor Kevin L. Faulconer for the City of San Diego and Deputy Director of the Department of Government Affairs. Denice’s portfolio included U.S. – Mexico relations, International Affairs and Immigration Policy. She led the Welcoming San Diego Initiative with a steering committee, and through this initiative she secured the first Immigrant Affairs position for the City of San Diego. She previously served as Director of Community Outreach and Economic Development for San Diego Councilman Mark Kersey, helping to establish a new bi-national focus for his office. Prior to that, she worked in the Office of Mayor Jerry Sanders in the City of San Diego as Director of Boards and Commissions and Protocol/Binational Affairs.

Currently, Denice serves as Board Member of the Red Cross of San Diego and Imperial Counties, the New Americans Museum, Create Purpose, and SIMNSA Fundacion A.C. She also serves as past Legislative Chair and Honorary President of the National Latina Business Women Association, San Diego Chapter, a graduate from LEAD San Diego's IMPACT program (2010) and a graduate of the H.O.P.E Leadership Institute (2009), from Hispanas Organized for Political Equality. She is a recipient of South County EDC’s 2017 Binational Endeavor Award and in 2016 received the Bridge Builder Award from the San Diego Regional Chamber of Commerce.

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