Vice President for Equity and Learning
Juan Garcia, Vice President for Equity and Learning at Riiid Labs, is responsible for overseeing implementation of Artificial Intelligence (AI) solutions, partnering with global leaders in education, skills training and technology, helping learners realize their goals in the fastest, most efficient and personalized way.
Juan served as Vice President, Equity Solutions for Midas Education, partnering with education and business leaders to address equity issues to better serve ALL students, with emphasis in low income, first generation, English language learners and minority serving education systems.
At ACT, Inc. he was responsible for Strategic Partnerships, working with existing and creating new partnerships fulfilling ACT’s non-profit mission of helping people achieve education and workplace success. As a polished communicator, Juan has represented many organizations in multiple settings, ranging from sales presentations to keynote addresses at the national and international level.
Before joining ACT, Mr. Garcia served as a champion of college access and readiness for the Iowa College Access Network (ICAN). As the Executive Director of ICAN, Mr. Garcia established relationships with school, district administration, state and local leaders, as well as other nonprofits to reach at-risk students, ensuring that these students were aware of the support that was available to them for pursuit of higher education.
Prior to his work in improving education opportunities for our students, Mr. Garcia led marketing and promotions for the launch of a new Spanish magazine published by Meredith Corp. and served as an Account Executive in Latin America for the Hispanic Marketing Division of Donnelley Marketing, Inc.
In 2015, he received the award for Diversity and Inclusion from ACT, Inc. nominated and selected among all company employees.
In November 2016, Mr. Garcia graduated from the Harvard Business School, Executive Education program of Leadership Best Practices. He holds a BS in Business from the University of Lima, Peru.
Mr. Garcia currently serves on the following boards:
• Advisory Board – US Commission on Civil Rights
• Organization of the American States – Art Museum of the Americas Board
• City of Waukee, Iowa - Board of Adjustment Chair
• Iowa Literacy Council – Board President
Mr. Garcia is originally from Lima, Peru and is fluent in English and in Spanish.
BS - Bachelor of Science in Buisness Administration
University of Lima (Peru)
Graduate Executive Education
Harvard Buisness School
Why are you serving on the Faculty Advisory Committee?
“As an immigrant that came from Peru 32 years ago, I did not speak a word of English and my first job in Iowa was as a dishwasher at the local Holiday Inn hotel in Des Moines; I have faced diversity issues in many ways. I speak with a Spanish accent that could be portrayed as ‘he is not smart enough’ and I have spoken to thousands of students across the US who have experienced similar issues. In the workplace, people may feel that there is nothing in common with someone from another ethnic group, culture or different language -- wrong. Everyone can play a role on making the education environment more inclusive and welcoming...I am excited about the opportunity to bring my experience to GWI.”