Vice Chair, National Hispanic Media Coalition
Marta Garcia is a veteran media activist and communications expert who founded the New York City Chapter of the National Hispanic Media Coalition (NHMC), an organization whose mission is the inclusion of Latinos in the broadcasting, print and film industry. Ms. Garcia is the immediate past Chair of NHMC, and currently serves as a Vice Chair of the nonprofit organization. She plays a key role in the National Latino Media Council, an umbrella of the nation's premier Latino organizations working together on media policy and diversity issues, headed by former Congressman Esteban Torres. In 1986, Ms. Garcia successfully helped change the faces and voices of New York City's radio and television by challenging local stations to include Latinos, a goal she continues to pursue.
Ms. Garcia is an active member of the National Association of Hispanic Journalists and a member of the National Latino Leadership Agenda (NHLA), a nonpartisan coalition of major Latino organizations and distinguished leaders who seek to create public policy and awareness of major issues facing Latinos.
After a successful executive level career in international, national and local nonprofits and government positions, including as Press Secretary/District Manager for a member of Congress, Ms. Garcia also dedicates substantial time and efforts working on Latino arts and cultural concerns. She is cofounder with her husband of the Clemente Soto Velez Cultural & Educational Center, one of the City's largest arts incubators, in the Lower East Side of New York.