Nora Garcia has been a proud Pomona resident since the age of 3. The daughter of Mexican immigrants, turned U.S. citizens, she was raised to be an active part of the community.
Nora attended San Jose Elementary, Emerson Middle School, and graduated from Pomona High School in 2004. While attending PHS Nora was active in band, student council, Bright Prospect, varsity cheer, and worked a part-time job.
Nora enrolled in Saint Mary’s College of California in the fall of 2004. While at Saint Mary’s Nora continued to be an active community member. She was a member of several student organizations on campus, but most proudly served with CILSA (Catholic Institute for Lasallian Social Action) where she completed over 300 hours of community service in one year as part of SALT (Social Action Leadership Team), an AmeriCorps affiliate.
Nora became an intern for Congresswoman Ellen Tauscher in the summer of 2006 and then left to study abroad in Oxford, England for the fall 2006 semester. In her senior year, Nora became the inaugural co-leader of the Santiago Community, a residence hall dedicated to faith and community service. Despite her schedule Nora frequently visited her family and friends in Pomona throughout her time at Saint Mary’s.
In 2012, after receiving a BA in English, a teaching credential, and two masters degrees from Saint Mary’s, Nora returned to Pomona to be closer to her family. Upon her return, Nora became active in the Save Our Pomona Public Library and the One Pomona campaigns as well as the Friends of the Pomona Public Library, where she currently serves as president after serving as the FOPPL treasurer from 2015-2017. She was also an active member of Clean & Green Pomona and Mayor Tim Sandoval's appointee to the Pomona Public Library Board of Trustees until her election to office in 2018.
Nora proudly represents District 3 and is dedicated to working for residents and with residents to change our city. She has the energy required to drive innovation, someone who has already demonstrated commitment to positive community transformation and civic leadership, someone who values our families, our history, and our diversity, but who also has vision for the future with eyes set on new higher expectations for District 3 and all of Pomona.