Erick Garcia

As the West Valley Initiative Fellow, Erick endeavours to expand UNP partnerships into West Valley City. Erick is the first of a new generation of partnership managers trained at UNP and is helping create a Community Partnership Handbook to teach current and future UNP staff the complexities of partnership management. He is also involved with Operation: My Hometown, a grassroots initiative that is focused on uniting communities across West Valley. His work is centered around racial equity, entrepreneurship, and reducing barriers to higher education for high school graduates on the west side. His efforts are setting the framework for future UNP expansions in Salt Lake County.

Fresh from the University of Utah, Erick joined UNP in May of 2021. He brings new perspectives to the team with a BS in Information Systems. At the University of Utah, he was consistently involved in organizations on and off campus. He gained experience reaching out to students as a programming director with the Crimson Gaming Club and as a recruitment officer for TEK Club. He discovered his passion for partnership work through an internship with the University of Utah Hope Corps and the Ivory Foundation.

Born in California, but raised in Utah, Erick likes to play video games, travel, and can be found looking for treasures at yard sales and the swap meet. He does not have children (yet!) but is driven to simplify the path to higher education for his four younger siblings who are in middle and high school.