Lisa Garcia is the Director of Fix, the climate solutions lab from Grist.org — a national nonprofit media organization founded in 1999 as an independent, irreverent news outlet. Ms. Garcia was brought on to help develop and run Fix, a program that combines storytelling and network building. The program identifies and lifts up a diverse array of leaders developing solutions to environmental and social justice challenges and brings them together to break down silos, develop new collaborations, and accelerate solutions to climate change.
Previously, Ms. Garcia was vice president at the nonprofit public interest law organization Earthjustice, where she led high-impact litigation designed to protect communities and families from toxic pesticides, refinery and factory pollution, chemical dumping, and unsustainable industrial development. During the Obama Administration, Ms. Garcia led the Environmental Protection Agency’s environmental justice work. She helped create and implement Plan EJ 2014, a roadmap for weaving environmental justice into all of the EPA’s work, and was the principal drafter of President Obama’s 2014 Proclamation on Environmental Justice. She also led the federal Environmental Justice Interagency Workgroup, collaborating with other agencies across the U.S. government to address some of the country’s most persistent environmental challenges. Prior to that, Ms. Garcia served as the chief advocate for environmental justice and equity at the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation and as an assistant attorney general in the Environmental Protection Bureau of the New York State Attorney General’s Office.
Ms. Garcia is a graduate of Stony Brook University and earned her J.D. at Brooklyn Law School. Ms. Garcia joined the Board of The Fund for New Jersey in 2021.