Teresa Garcia is a first-generation Mexican Indigenous graduate from the University of New Mexico, holding a Bachelor of Science Degree in Biology with a minor in Chemistry. She is originally from El Paso, Texas. Teresa is bilingual and Spanish is her first (native) language. As a survivor of domestic violence she left her 10 year Pharmaceutical career to make a difference in her community and raise awareness for domestic violence. She has supported and served in different capacities for local and statewide organizations and committees advocating for survivors of DV and SA. She served on the SAKI and ASERT city and state wide committees along side S.A.F.E House and SANE in Albuquerque, New Mexico in support of survivors of sexual assault.
She currently remains engaged and continues to advocate within her community in being part of several committees such as the New Mexico Heritage Committee, South West Community Policing Council, MMIW Committee, SW DV Steering Committee and for the Albuquerque Celebrates Recovery Event Committee in memory of Adan Carriaga. Teresa was recently appointed by Mayor Keller to Chair the Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Commission for the City of Albuquerque. She hope to create a coordinated community response to close systemic gaps and create a supportive system for survivors of Domestic and Sexual violence.