James Garcia is a journalist, playwright and a Valley-based media and communications consultant. He is the director of Communications and Strategic Public Policy for the Arizona Hispanic Chamber of Commerce and the owner of Creative Vistas Media. As a journalist, he has worked as a reporter, columnist, foreign correspondent and television and radio commentator. He was the founding editor of Latino PerspectivesMagazine in Phoenix; the first Latino Affairs correspondent for KJZZ, the Valley’s National Public Radio affiliate; and the first Latino editor of a major alternative news weekly in the U.S., the San Antonio Current. Mr. Garcia also has taught ethnic studies, Latino politics and creative and journalistic writing courses at Arizona State University. An accomplished playwright and theater producer, James is the founder and producing artistic director of New Carpa Theater Co., which stages Latino and multicultural works. He is the author of more than 30 plays and he dabbles in acting and directing. His most recent works include “Land of a Thousand Dances”, “Mallecho”, and “American Dreamer: The Life and Times of Raul H. Castro” (Arizona’s only ever Hispanic governor). His media consulting clients have included Mesa Public Schools, the Smithsonian Institution, One Arizona, Promise Arizona, the Arizona Opera, Gina’s Team, the Arizona Latino Arts and Cultural Center, the family of former Arizona Gov. Raul H. Castro, and United Cerebral Palsy of Central Arizona.
Collectivo is committed to giving you access to engage with some of the best and brightest the valley of the sun has to offer. We are thrilled to have James on board to share his unique perspective on the importance of engaging the Latino vote this election year!
September 21 – 5:30 to 7:30 PM
Big Brothers Big Sisters: 4745 N 7th Street, Suite 210, Phoenix, AZ. 85014
Mingle, eat great food and enjoy craft beer with your friends at Collectivo!