Assemblyman Carmelo G. Garcia
From his early days of growing up in Hoboken, Carmelo has overcome adversity and challenges that have only strengthened his lifelong commitment to enacting positive change and creating opportunities for all to succeed. Carmelo’s message, “We Can, We Will, Watch Us’, has provided the inspiration to numerous constituents to get involved in their community, and bring positive change to the forefront. It’s a message that resonates in Hoboken and beyond.
Carmelo Giovanni Garcia has dedicated his time to serving the public and improving the quality of life for all his constituents throughout his life. A Hoboken native, Mr. Garcia grew up in “the projects”. He lived in Harrison Gardens as a child and is a successful product of the city’s public school system.
Mr. Garcia attained a Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice and Sociology from Seton Hall University in 1997. He attained a Double Master’s degree in Management and Information Systems from Stevens Institute of Technology, Hoboken, in June 2004. He has earned several certifications in Human Resource Management from Rutgers University, Leadership and Organizational Development from Cornell University and was selected in 2012 by NeighborWorks of America to attend the Achieving Excellence in Community Development Program at Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government. Mr. Garcia successfully completed this program on December of 2013.
After college, Carmelo pursued a career in the private sector as a licensed mortgage banker and then turned his attention to serving the public. Carmelo worked as a Legislative Aide for the County of Hudson Board of Chosen Freeholders from 1999 to 2011 and then served as Chief of Staff to the Freeholder Board from from 1999-2002. His commitment and passion to meet the needs of constituents was evident from the very start of his entry into public service. He worked diligently with county officials on improving the quality of life for county residents, increase public housing and improve programs that assisted county residents every day.
Carmelo was the first minority representative to be appointed to serve as the Director of Health and Human Services for the City of Hoboken. The commitment displayed during his tenure created progress and positive change experienced by numerous residents, in addition to the impact his management had for taxpayers, the underprivileged, seniors, disabled persons and children. In 2007, Garcia left his position as Hoboken Director of Health and Human Services when he was hired as deputy director at the Hoboken Housing Authority. He was selected after a national selection process that brought in hundreds of candidates. In May 2009, Mr. Garcia was appointed as executive director of the very same housing authority where he grew up and continues to lead with his “4D model” staying Driven, Disciplined, Determined and Diligence.
In 2002, Carmelo Garcia was elected to the Hoboken Board of Education. Since then, Carmelo was continuously re-elected to the Hoboken Board of Education until his resignation in January 2014. During his time serving on the Hoboken Board of Education, he has served in the capacity of Trustee, Vice President, and President. Carmelo’s commitment to improve the quality of education for children and improving student achievement stands strong to this day. He founded his own “Servant Leader” scholarship which he has proudly awarded for the last 4 years. He was one of the founders of the Puerto Rican Cultural Committee Scholarship fund. He was founder of the “Save the Youth Academy” for at risk youth. Lastly, Mr. Garcia is a charter member of the Young Elected Officials’ Network, a national organization that produces young progressive leaders & elected officials.
Mr. Garcia has been recognized by U.S. Sen. Robert Menendez, former New Jersey Governors Christine Todd Whitman, James McGreevey and former U.S. Senators Robert Torricelli, Jon Corzine and the late Frank Lautenberg, for his advocacy and leadership in public service, policy and education, and advancing the community’s agenda by getting things done.
Carmelo’s love for Hoboken is undying. He was president of Hoboken’s Police Athletic League and is past president of the Hoboken Puerto Rican Cultural Committee and the Applied Housing Tenant Association. Mr. Garcia has served as the Vice President of Public Affairs for the Hudson County Jaycees.
In 2013, Mr. Garcia was elected to the New Jersey General Assembly representing the 33rd Legislative district which includes the municipalities of Jersey City, Hoboken, Union City and Weehawken. Mr. Garcia was sworn into office on January 14, 2014, representing 250,000 people, in one of the most multi-ethnic and multi-culturally diverse legislative districts in New Jersey. Assemblyman Garcia was selected by the New Jersey Assembly Leadership to serve on 3 committees: Transportation and Independent Authorities (ATR), Financial Institutions and Insurance (AFI) and Human Services (AHU).
Mr. Garcia resides in Hoboken with his wife Margarita and 3 children.