Niria Alicia Garcia

Niria Alicia (she/her) is a Xicana Indigena community organizer, educator and storyteller dedicated to protecting the sacredness of Mother Earth and the dignity of historically oppressed peoples. Born in a migrant farmworker community, her struggle for liberation and justice exists at the intersections of migrant justice, climate justice and indigenous rights. She is a tri-lingual bicultural being who works to bring spirit and culture into everything she does. Niria has over 10 years of experience working with an array of groups, organizations and communities designing stories and campaigns that encourage everyday people to actualize their potential and power. She has worked nationally and internationally designing and implementing holistic curriculum and programs to bring about social transformation by centering healing and care. In 2019 she received the national ‘Emerging Leader Award’ from GreenLatinos’ and was awarded the ‘EE 30 under 30’ award from the North American Association for Environmental Education. In 2020 the United Nations gave her the highest honor given to young people by naming her the Young Champion of the Earth for North America for her community-based work with salmon restoration and climate justice advocacy.