A.J. Garcia

Program Associate

Jicarilla Apache and Nahua

A.J. Garcia joined First Nations Development Institute in 2021. As a Program Associate, he assists in developing and executing projects under the Strengthening Tribal and Community Institutions Program.

A.J. has worked in multiple community nonprofits and Native-serving organizations and programs. With a background in social justice work, he hopes to contribute to a tradition of service as he comes from a family of community leaders, social movement participants, and public servants. 

A.J. attended the University of New Mexico, attaining his Bachelor’s in Native American Studies with an emphasis on Leadership and Building Native Nations, a minor in Innovation and Integrative Studies focusing on Community Organizing, and a Race and Social Justice certificate.