DENVER (Jan. 8, 2020) —The board of directors of Denver Urban Gardens (DUG) is pleased to announce that after an extensive search, Dr. Violeta Garcia has been selected as DUG’s new executive director.
“It is an exciting time at DUG as we enter our 35th year of growing healthy food and healthy communities throughout Metro Denver,” said Ramonna Robinson, president of DUG’s board of directors. “I’m thrilled that Dr. Violeta Garcia is joining DUG to lead us into our next chapter. The board sought a leader who is passionate and knowledgeable about food access who will continue to build community through food systems, and we found that in Violeta.”
Garcia brings nearly 20 years of leadership experience in the education field and a passion for creating sustainable, regenerative systems to DUG. Prior to joining DUG, she advanced opportunities for K-12 students through her consulting business, STEM Learning by Design. Before that, she served as the Colorado Department of Education STEM Coordinator and taught middle, high school and college-level students.
Garcia holds a doctoral degree in biological education and a minor in applied research methods and statistics from the University of Northern Colorado; a master’s degree in education with an emphasis in bilingual science education from the University of California, Los Angeles; and a bachelor of science in biological sciences from Colorado State University at Fullerton.
“My love for science, nature, and culture transcends every aspect of my life,and food justice is at the core of this intersection,” explained Garcia. “I am humbled by the opportunity to lead this dedicated team and ensure that in our next chapter, DUG grows deeper roots and that we continue to be at the forefront of this community-based regional food movement.”
“Dr. Garcia is a proven leader with a history of inspiring young people to make connections between the natural world and their communities,” said Abigail Delgado, one of DUG’s school-based garden leaders. “Her dedication to science, teaching and supporting community through gardening are all wrapped up in one. She brings her diverse experiences in leadership, research and food justice advocacy to DUG to help further its mission. I am very happy that Dr. Garcia is joining such a great organization.”