Mr. Garcia goes to Washington — in the Obama administration

July 7, 2009

Joe Garcia, the former exec director of the Cuban American National Foundation who gave Rep. Mario Diaz-Balart

Rep. Mario Diaz-Balart a run for his money when he challenged him in campaign 2008, has landed a job with the Obama administration.
President Obama has nominated the Miami Beach resident as Director of the Office of Minority Economic Impact at the Department of Energy.
Says the White House: “Joe Garcia’s dynamic public service career spans over 20 years and consists of a diverse body of work in the fields of energy, foreign policy and human rights. As a law student, Mr. Garcia directed the Exodus Project, a non-profit refugee resettlement program that reunited over 10,000 families at no cost to American tax-payers. In 1992, the late Governor Lawton Chiles appointed Joe Garcia to the Florida Public Service Commission (PSC), where he fought for lower utility bills for the people of Florida. In 1998, Mr. Garcia’s fellow commissioners elected him as chairman of the PSC.  As PSC Chairman, Joe Garcia worked across party lines to pass the largest energy rate cut in Florida’s history, saving Florida’s families more than $1 billion. In 2001, Mr. Garcia was named as the Executive Director of the Cuban American National Foundation, where he served as a tireless proponent of freedom and improved human rights conditions in Cuba and throughout the Americas. In 2004, Mr. Garcia was named Executive Vice President and Director of the Hispanic Project for NDN, a policy research institute in Washington D.C. Joe Garcia earned his Bachelor of Arts and Juris Doctorate degrees from the University of Miami.”