Alicia N. Garcia is a principal researcher at AIR with more than five years of experience in education law and policy. Garcia serves as a Task Leader for the Regional Educational Laboratory of the Midwest (REL Midwest), where she leads the needs sensing efforts. She manages the policy outreach team in their field-based outreach in the seven Midwest region states and manages a subcontractor conducting systematic surveys and interviews of regional stakeholders. Garcia also serves as Minnesota state manager for the Midwest Comprehensive Center.
Garcia manages multiple projects and staff, working in collaboration with senior leadership of the Minnesota Department of Education to implement key initiatives in a number of areas, including American Indian education, educator effectiveness, and school improvement. She serves as a project lead for the National Charter School Resource Center and works on other projects requiring education policy expertise.
Prior to joining AIR, Garcia was a practicing attorney in the field of education law.