Tanya I. Garcia is an Associate Director of Postsecondary Policy Research & Associate Research Professor at the Georgetown University Center on Education and the Workforce, lending her postsecondary policy expertise on various projects. Her current focus is on sub-baccalaureate credentials and supporting states integrating postsecondary and labor market data as a tool to improve policy and practice.
Prior to joining the Georgetown Center, Dr. Garcia served as Director of Programs at Wiki Education Foundation, where she led work to increase the number of faculty teaching with Wikipedia. Prior to that, as State Policy Officer at Lumina Foundation, she operationalized the state policy strategy to increase postsecondary attainment in the 50 states, connected state and local leaders to experts via the Strategy Labs Technical Assistance Fund, and managed the award-winning StrategyLabs.LuminaFoundation.org.
Previous stints at the State Higher Education Executive Officers (SHEEO) Association and the New Mexico Higher Education Department influenced her belief in the power of data to improve equity and foster student-centered institutions. While at SHEEO, Dr. Garcia designed and conducted a national study on state postsecondary data systems that culminated in the Strong Foundations reports. In New Mexico, she led the development of the statewide dual credit program to increase the number of high school students taking college courses.
A first generation student, Dr. Garcia earned a B.A. in Philosophy and a B.S. in Biology at Florida International University. Her M.A. in Higher Education Administration is from The George Washington University. She earned her Ph.D. in Public Administration at American University. Her dissertation concerned the impact of drug war policymaking on the relationship between Colombia and the United States.