Dr. Luis Garcia is a social worker, social service administrator, and scholar practitioner. He currently works as an associate psychotherapist for Eye Cue Mental Health, providing behavioral health services in Cerritos, CA. Previously, Garcia served as the Senior Director of Programs & Services for the Weingart Center, a comprehensive human services provider designed to seamlessly transition Skid Row’s unhoused and reentry populations to permanent housing in Los Angeles County. Prior to Weingart, Dr. Garcia worked in public community mental health as the senior quality improvement analyst providing project coordination, evaluation and dissemination of annual Mental Health Services Act programs performance outcomes reporting to residents of the cities of Claremont, La Verne, and Pomona. He began his professional career working with community-based organizations, addressing emerging public health issues faced by Latino and LGBTQ+ reentry populations and seriously mentally ill state parolees in South Los Angeles.
As a scholar practitioner with over 20 years of experience, Garcia is active in the decarceration movement, building bridges of opportunity for marginalized groups. He co-created the Music for Change Program with Vijay Gupta and serves as a core project collaborator for Future IDs, a long-term social engaged art project which investigates how artist advocates can come together to respond creatively to social challenges, instigating meaningful social change.
Garcia earned a Bachelor of Arts (BA) in theology with a minor in psychology from Loyola Marymount University (LMU), a Master of Social Work (MSW) from the University of Southern California (USC) and a doctorate in educational leadership for social justice (EdD) from LMU. Luis resides with his family in the city of Whittier where he also serves as a board member of the Whittier First Day Homeless Shelter.