Alize V. Garcia has dedicated her life and career to building an equitable and diverse future for New York, starting at the age of 18 when she launched her own award-winning nonprofit, Y.U.N.G Harlem, to develop summer job opportunities for local youth.
In the summer of 2015 Alize Garcia departed from her role as the Manhattan Borough Director under Mayor Bill de Blasio’s administration. She subsequently joined Big Brothers Big Sisters of NYC, the nation’s oldest and New York City’s largest mentoring organization. Having spent time working closely with diverse communities in NYC, Alize knew that in order for her to have a personal and deeper impact, specifically with the youth, her work needed to move closer to people that she truly wanted to impact. Joining Big Brothers Big Sisters of NYC as the Community Outreach Manager was perfectly aligned with that goal. She was tasked with the mission to diversify the mentors recruited into the agency and building strategic partnerships that would aid in the development of impactful programming for the youth in the organization.
Inspired by Mayor de Blasio’s vision for an equitable New York, Alize went to work at City Hall as the Manhattan Borough Director, serving as the eyes and ears on the ground in Manhattan communities. Following City Hall, she became the Recruitment Director at the nonprofit Big Brother/Big Sister, where she significantly increased the diversity of their mentor pool, forged partnerships with Google, Twitter, Buzzfeed, and many more organizations, and played a key role in securing $1.5 million in funds from City Hall.
Now as the Community Affairs Manager at Intersection for LinkNYC, Alize is working to bridge the digital divide in New York, building adoption of the service in communities and working with non-profits to leverage the benefits of Link. Most recently, she worked with Strivers Row for Black Business Month, promoting local businesses owned by people of color on Link’s 55-inch displays. Despite her busy schedule, she still finds ways to give back. Alize serves on the junior board for the Food Bank for NYC and launched her own scholarship program to buy
books for students in need entering college.
Alize received her undergraduate degree from Howard University and her MPA from Metropolitan College of NYC. She serves on the board for the Food Bank for NYC and is the Co-Founder of the HBCU Puissance Scholarship and has awarded over 8 students with
$10,000+ in scholarship funds.