Peter Bloch Garcia got his start in education, working to increase access to quality education for low-income, working families. His aim was to not only increase access to educational opportunities but also empower individuals to advocate for systemic change.
He then founded and later served as the Executive Director of the Latino Community Fund for the Greater Seattle Area.
There and at Progreso: Latino Progress he increased community leadership resources to better equip community leaders, build non-profit organization capacity, and advocate for systems changes for residents statewide with the goal of ensuring fair representation of Latino communities. In this role one of his colleagues described him in this way,
Peter is remarkable. Peter came into my life ecstatic to make a ‘swing to the pinata’ in the cross-streams of Latino leadership and communities of color.
Peter’s efforts led to wider voter registration and civic participation to increase lobbying for racially equitable policies across Washington state. In 2017 he was given the American Society of Public Administration Northwest Chapter’s Bill Frank, Jr. Award for Race and Social Justice. Across these many roles he comes highly recommended by his peers for the areas of philanthropy, community organizing, fundraising, program development, nonprofit management, community outreach, and public policy.
In the years since, Peter went on to focus on economic equality and justice by working with neighborhood business districts in BIPOC communities. His tireless work has increased safety and promoted community building initiatives in these vibrant communities. He remains passionate about advocating for racial equity through systemic change, especially across nonprofit organizations to help their cultures match their missions. His DEI training helps him equip NPOs to work towards becoming intentionally anti-racist to improve the community at large. Furthermore, Peter is the kind of inspirational leader that is sincere in his communications, collaborative in nature, and willing to share credit with others to ensure everyone has a seat at the table.
Most recently he has served as a City of Seattle Business District Advocate, Interim Executive Director at the Seattle International Foundation, and Interim Executive Director at The Mockingbird Society.
Peter holds a Master of Public Administration and Nonprofit Management from the University of Washington. He also has a BS in English and Secondary Education from Western Washington University, and a program certificate in Leading DEI in Organizations from Northwestern University.
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