Jessica Xiomara García , MA

Director
Jessica.Xiomara.Garcia@learningforaction.com

Jessica is committed to social justice and cultural humility, offers a bilingual/bicultural perspective, and has a long history of working with diverse communities. A skilled project manager, Jessica leads data collection and analysis efforts; develops theories of change, logic models, and evaluation plans; creates data collection instruments; and produces reports and presentations. In addition, she provides monitoring, evaluation, and learning systems development and implementation; training and facilitation; as well as technical assistance and capacity building services. Jessica has professional experience in the fields of youth development, women’s empowerment, environmental education, early childhood, and is a skilled translator and interpreter.

As Director of Learning Culture, Jessica leads LFA's organizational learning culture needs and the design, implementation, and assessment of our organizational learning culture initiatives to facilitate continuous learning. Jessica is also a leader on LFA’s Equity Leadership Team, an internal work group dedicated to ongoing organizational learning to help our staff consider, explore, and challenge power, privilege, and bias in our projects and interpersonal experiences.

Before joining LFA in 2008, Jessica was the director of programs for an Oakland-based academic enrichment and scholarship foundation helping Bay Area students who face significant challenges to higher education achieve success in high school, college, and beyond. Jessica also worked as a bilingual community organizer in Silicon Valley providing leadership development and computer literacy workshops to low-income Latina immigrant workers.

Education

  • Bachelor of Arts, History, University of California, Santa Cruz

  • Bachelor of Arts, Latin American and Latina/o Studies, University of California, Santa Cruz

  • Master of Arts, History, University of Connecticut, Storrs

Selected Project Experience

  • Strategic Planning and Monitoring, Evaluation, & Learning (MEL) Implementation Planning for First 5 Los Angeles

  • Development of Monitoring & Evaluation System and Evaluation Capacity Building for Rural Education and Development (READ) Global

  • Evaluation Capacity Building for S.D. Bechtel Jr. Foundation’s LEAPS (Leadership and Evaluation to Advance Program Success) for Environmental Literacy Initiative

  • Evaluation of Solano County Health and Social Services Department’s Nurse-Family Partnership

  • Evaluation and Technical Assistance for First 5 Solano County and First 5 Shasta County

  • Evaluation of Weingart Foundation’s Developmental Disabilities Initiative

  • Evaluation Planning and Technical Assistance for Calaveras County’s Behavioral Health Services

  • Evaluation and Technical Assistance for the Boys and Girls Clubs of North San Mateo County

  • Evaluation of the Rhode Island Foundation’s Initiative for Nonprofit Excellence