Metztli Garcia is a first-generation college student, born and raised in East Los Angeles, California. She is currently a third-year undergraduate student majoring in Public Affairs and Education with a special interest in education policy, foster care reform, and women’s rights. As a former foster youth, she continues to take responsibility to speak on the issues that her community is faced with every day and create the change she wants to see in both the education and child welfare systems.
She recently finished interning for Los Angeles Mayor, Eric Garcetti, as an Advocacy Intern, focusing her efforts on affordable housing and COVID-19 pandemic response efforts. Now, she is the Vice President of a multicultural women’s organization at UCLA, the Vice President of Recruitment for the Latin Business Student Association, a Career Peer for the UCLA Career Center, and a freelance cultural photographer. Her research interests in child welfare, incarceration, and education stem from her lived experiences in foster care. Her hope as a Policy Fellow for LPPI is to help address the countless policy challenges facing communities of color through research, advocacy, and mobilization.