David Garcia

Environmental Scientist

In kindergarten, I was interviewed by a newspaper about a “really stinky smell” at school that was making kids nauseous. It was toxic fumes from industrial waste just blocks from our school in Barrio Logan, San Diego. I told the reporter “it’s not fair and they should stop” and without knowing it, I had taken my first steps as an advocate for environmental justice and stewardship. Twelve years later, I moved to The Bronx to attend Fordham University, only to learn that my new neighborhood was affected by many of the same injustices. I decided then to dedicate my career to ensuring everyone has access to clean air, water, and green spaces to recreate.

B.A. Environmental Policy, Fordham University
Certificate in Wetland Science & Management, University of Washington
Favorite Quote:
“They tried to bury us; they didn’t know that we were seeds.”
Favorite Species:
Green heron (Butorides virescens) because of how smart, sneaky, patient and subtly beautiful they are.
Hidden Talent:
Recognizing semi-famous people in public.