ALBUQUERQUE ― John M. Garcia is the new district director of the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) New Mexico District Office.
Garcia is responsible for the statewide delivery of SBA programs and services to support business owners in starting and growing their businesses, create jobs and develop local economies throughout New Mexico.
Garcia is both an experienced small business owner and public servant who has earned high acclaim for his achievements as a veteran advocate and small business champion at the city, state and national levels.
As past president and owner of Garcia and Associates, a service-disabled veteran owned consulting company, he advised both public and private sector senior leaders in strategic planning, tactical marketing and business development with a special emphasis on veteran wellness and entrepreneurial development.
As the White House appointed Deputy Assistant Secretary for the Office of Intergovernmental Affairs for the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), Garcia oversaw the agency’s Intergovernmental, Tribal Government, International and Consumer Affairs programs.
In this role, he worked with mayors, governors, tribal leaders and international governments to the benefit of our country’s veterans, including the VA National Veteran Business Outreach efforts. He has served as a strong advocate for veteran small business owners through appointments to the National SBA Veteran Business Advisory Board, the U.S. Association of Veterans in Business and the White House Task Force on Veteran Business Development.
Garcia is a New Mexico native who sees small business as a driving force for economic development and employment and he will now take up the charge as lead advocate for small business owners in his home state as the SBA Director for the New Mexico District.
“SBA is focused on serving the local entrepreneurs who create our community jobs and drive our economy forward,” Regional Administrator Yolanda Garcia Olivarez said. “As our New Mexico District Director, John Garcia will play a key role in boosting economic development by strengthening the delivery of SBA’s capital, contracting, exporting and counseling programs throughout the area. John knows firsthand what our Small Businesses need to strengthen their business and support their employees. Having John’s background in business and government, with a commitment to our veterans in our local communities will be a tremendous asset and advocate for the great state of New Mexico. I am proud and honored to have John Garcia join our SBA family.” Olivarez leads SBA Districts in New Mexico, Arkansas, Louisiana, Texas and Oklahoma.
In addition to being a national champion for small business and veterans, Garcia has been integral to veteran’s advocacy and economic development in his home state of New Mexico. Garcia served honorably in the U.S. Army in Vietnam with the 4th Infantry Division and upon returning home, he began what is now a rich legacy of service to veterans and their families.
His advocacy on behalf of veterans and their families include appointments as the New Mexico State Director of Veterans Affairs and as the first New Mexico Cabinet Secretary of the Department of Veterans Services under then Governor Bill Richardson, establishing the New Mexico Veterans Business Outreach Center under his tenure. He also served as Deputy Chief of Staff and Cabinet Secretary for Economic Development under Governor Bruce King’s administration, where he oversaw international trade and economic development throughout the state.
Garcia has been recognized for his outstanding contributions to veterans, small businesses and economic development through numerous recognitions. Most recent awards include the Profile of Courage Award from the Vietnam Veterans of New Mexico, the New Mexico Veteran Small Business Advocate of the Year from the SBA and the Iron Mike Award from the National Association of State Directors of Veterans Affairs for his leadership as President.
Throughout his career, Garcia has demonstrated cultural sensitivity, planning and project management skills and a strong tactical understanding of the needs and concerns of small business owners, veterans, their families and members of the military. The SBA New Mexico District Office is delighted to now have Garcia bring his solid background and a wealth of experience in service once again to the small business owners and veterans of our state.