Eddie García ~ Blogger and Leadership Coach
Eddie García is a native of east San Jose, and a graduate of James Lick High School and San Jose State University. He has worked in business, education, politics, and community leadership for three decades.
Eddie is the creator of ESEReport.com (The East Side Eddie Report) and writes the education column for Visión Magazine. In 2014, he developed a high school leadership program and currently teaches classes at Latino College Preparatory Academy, Luis Valdez Leadership Academy, and Roberto Cruz Leadership Academy.
His career includes positions as Vice President of Local Government Affairs for Comcast in California and Chief of Staff to the President of the Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors. At Comcast, he developed Comcast’s government affairs initiatives, and maintained corporate communications with Members of Congress, State Legislators, and local elected officials. In 2004, the company selected him for membership to the Comcast Executive Leadership Forum. As Chief of Staff, he was the County Board President’s top political and public policy strategist.
Eddie has served the education community on the East Side Union High School District (ESUHSD) Board of Trustees, including a term as Board President. During his tenure at the ESUHSD, he led the effort to save after-school sports programs and spearheaded the “A-G Initiative” – a policy that makes college entrance requirements the district’s default curriculum.
Eddie is Co-Founder of the Latino Leadership Alliance, a leadership academy established in collaboration with Stanford University’s Center for the Comparative Study of Race and Ethnicity. He has served on many community boards, including a term as Board Chairman of the Mexican Heritage Corporation. He is also a Senior Fellow with the American Leadership Forum of Silicon Valley.
During the late 1980s and early 1990s, Eddie was the Head Boys Basketball Coach at James Lick High School and Assistant Men’s Basketball Coach at perennially ranked San Jose City College. He was named Coach-of-the-Year at James Lick High School in 1988.
Eddie has been inducted into the East Side Union High School District Hall of Fame. He is the recipient the 2011 Californians for Justice Award and the 2008 NAACP Freedom Fighter Award. San Jose Magazine named Eddie one of the 100 most influential Latinos in Silicon Valley, and the San Francisco Business Times listed him as one of the top 25 Latinos of Influence in the San Francisco Bay Area.