Juan Garcia is the Director for Global Associate Development at Amazon, where he develops and grows education programs for Amazon and their strategic partners — a role he’s held since 2015. Prior to this, Garcia served as the Assistant Secretary of the Navy (Manpower and Reserve Affairs) from 2009 – 2015, and as a Democratic member of the Texas House of Representatives, representing the 32nd District from 2007 – 2009.
Garcia graduated from UCLA in 1988, earned a Juris Doctorate from Harvard Law School and a Master in Public Policy from Harvard's John F. Kennedy School of Government in 1992. Following graduation, Garcia reported to Aviation Officer Candidate School and flight training, earning his "Wings of Gold" at Naval Air Station (NAS) Corpus Christi, Texas.
Garcia served in Patrol Squadron 47 out of NAS Barber's Point, Hawaii, and completed deployments to the Persian Gulf and Western Pacific. He also served overseas as flag aide to the deputy commander, U.S. Naval Forces Europe in London, deploying as part of Operation Allied Force. From 1999 to 2000, Garcia was a White House fellow, serving as a special assistant to the Secretary of Education. He then reported for sea duty aboard the USS Constellation (CV 64), qualifying as Officer of the Deck (Underway). In 2002, Garcia returned to the air as a flight instructor with Training Squadron 27 at NAS Corpus Christi.
Garcia left active duty in 2004 and transferred to the Navy Reserve. He served as commanding officer of Reserve Training Squadron 28 at Corpus Christi until his appointment as Assistant Secretary of the Navy (M&RA) in October 2009.
Garcia practiced law with a Corpus Christi firm beginning in 2004 and was elected to the Texas House of Representatives in 2006, serving on the Defense and Veteran's Affairs Committee. He is a life member of the Council on Foreign Relations. He joined the Wounded Warrior Project® board of directors in 2016 in continuation of his service.