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JOAQUIN GARCIA MD

Financial Director/
Vice-President

He was born in Havana, Cuba. After emigrating to Spain for many years at an early age, the family moved to Puerto Rico where he graduated from The University of the Sacred Heart.

He later moved to the Dominican Republic to study medicine and Graduated in 1988 from Universidad Autonoma of Santo Domingo with a Doctor degree in Medicine and Surgery.

Due to his background in medicine, he worked diligently to help the HIV-AIDS community by working with organizations such as CAP, COMPASS and “Smart Ride to Key West” raising funds and awareness.

Dr. Garcia volunteered tirelessly to improve conditions for the homeless and mentally ill patients in Palm Beach County. Reaching out and educating the Hispanic Community is his passion. He strongly encourages them to vote for policymakers that understand their needs, family structure, ethnicity, language barriers and how their decisions will impact them.

After studying the correlation between education, dropout rate, graduation rate and standard of living of Hispanics, Dr. Garcia realized that it was imperative to create an organization that protects and guarantees access to quality of education for Hispanic children. He then gave rise to a healthy and educated community where Hispanic leaders can be created and nurtured. At this point, education became the center of his advocacy work that leads him to become one of the founders of “Hispanic Education Coalition of Palm Beach County.”

Community Involvement

  • Downtown Helping Hands— (Former Chairman) serving the Homeless Population of West Palm Beach Florida.
  • Senator Philip D. Lewis Center for the homeless (Advisory board member).
  • West Palm Beach Police Department’s “PIPE Program” regular speaker on sexual communicable diseases in Spanish and English, providing vital health information to the community.
  • Vickers House—assisting the Homeless, Homeward Bound Program, Elders on the Edge Program, Elders on the Edge Pet Fund and Family Literacy programs for the Hispanic community.
  • El Cid Animal Clinic− (Vice President – Owner)
  • G. & G. Enterprises− (President-Owner)
  • Hispanic Education Coalition of Palm Beach County. (Chairman of the Board).
  • Hispanic Chamber of Commerce (Board member).
  • Hispanic Advisory Committee for the City of West Palm Beach (Chairman of the Board).

Awards

  • Educational Leadership and Advocacy Award” by the National Association of Bilingual Educators in 2014.
  • Wings of Inspiration Award” by Florida Association of Latino Administrators in 2015.
  • Everyday Hero Award” by Trust Bridge in 2016.
  • Awarded the Key of the City of West Palm Beach”, Florida in 2018
  •  “Order of Civil Merit” granted by His Majesty King Felipe VI of Spain for extraordinary services to the Spanish Crown through Education in 2018.