Executive Coach * Blogger * Speaker

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Career Highlights

President, East Side Union High School District Board of Trustees

Vice President of Local Government Affairs, Comcast of California

Chief of Staff, President’s Office, Santa Clara Co. Board of Supervisors

Founder, Latino Leadership Alliance Leadership Academy & Stanford Summer Leadership Program

Head Basketball Coach, James Lick High School


Do you need an engaging and entertaining speaker for your next event? Does your leadership team need an experienced meeting facilitator? Are you seeking personal guidance on your career and hectic life? I just may be who you’re looking for!

I’m a seasoned executive with a wide array of professional and personal life experiences. I want to help you achieve your goals. For over three decades, I’ve learned what it takes to navigate the competitive world of executive leadership while balancing a career and family.

I have extensive experience in the following areas:

*Leadership and Executive Coaching * Corporate and Nonprofit Organizations * Education (School Board Trustee, Classroom Teacher, High School Basketball Coach) * Corporate Government and Public Relations * Government and Politics * Crisis Communications and Media Relations * Meeting Facilitation

In addition to a career that included leadership roles in the private and public sectors, I survived a life-changing heart attack and reinvented my career as an executive/life coach, writer, and speaker. After spending an entire summer in the Intensive Care Unit, I learned about the amazing powers of faith, family, friends, and perseverance.

My life story can be found at: https://summerinthewaitingroom.com/about/

I work in collaboration with each client to create an executive environment that meets personal and organizational needs. For the past 8 years, I have provided guidance to over 100 Silicon Valley community leaders, elected officials, education administrators, non-profit executives and corporate managers.

As the creator of ESEReport.com, a blog that focuses on leadership and personal growth from a Latino perspective, I share stories from three decades of executive experience to guide readers along the road to achieving their professional potential. My real-world anecdotes and stories help readers navigate the pathway to success.

Let’s connect over a cup of coffee. I would love to hear about your personal, career, and organization goals. We’ll work together to develop a customized plan to realize your dreams!

408-426-7698 * eddie.m.garcia@comcast.net * @EastSideEddieG

2 thoughts on “Executive Coach * Blogger * Speaker

  1. Hello Mr. Garcia,
    Your story is a very inspiring one, Thank you for sharing. I too grew-up East Side San Jose, single parent house hold. Education was not top on the list of haves too but working hard to earn a living was. I graduated from Overfelt High School (just barely) and went on to college Los Medanos Community College (associate degree) to San Jose State University College (Baccalaureate nursing degree) to Dominican University (Master degree in Nursing) and currently in the Northern Consortium Doctorate of Nursing Degree program expected graduation may 2014.
    My doctorial project is taking me back home to Overfelt High and to your alma mater James Lick High and also to Andrew Hill High . My project stems from a major loss, my son Brandon died in an automobile accident at the young age of 18. As a parent, when you hear the words “I’m sorry” nothing in your background matters. That loss is devastating and you are no longer a nurse — you are entirely a grieving mother. What helped in coming to terms with Brandon’s death was not a career in healthcare or even a life dedicated to patients and families. I found my solace in the conversation my son and I had about organ and tissue donation. It was his last wish that I was able to honor, and his generosity gave the gift of life and quality of life for others.
    This selfless motivation of Brandon’s has become the cause of my life. All of my ability and training — including a nursing degree, license and certification from San José State — is now going into Brandon’s Crossroads Foundation. This nonprofit will give students the information they need to make informed consent as they fill out organ donor cards with their drivers’ licenses starting as young as age 16. The foundation also has a message for parents: Please have the hard conversation with your child about their end of life wishes. It is heart wrenching to think of your child’s mortality, but that conversation is a godsend if that horrible day ever comes.
    The ability to identify with another person is the hallmark of a compassionate caregiver. I empathize deeply with every parent, spouse or loved one who hears the words “I’m sorry.” As a mom who has made the difficult call on tissue donation, and a nurse who has seen the overwhelming gratitude of organ recipients, I know the choice is worth it.
    Title of research project: Intent of High School Hispanic/Latino Adolescents toward Tissue and Organ Donation: A study of the impact of a culturally sensitive educational intervention.
    Foundation website: (note still under construction) Brandonscrossroads.org
    I would lov to connect with you as a fellow native from the East Side returning back (paying it forward) and a Latina professional giving back to ESUHSD.
    Looking forward to hearing from you,

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