Valeri Garcia has worked in higher education for 20 years in various capacities. She has served as a college coach, academic advisor, and as a program coordinator/retention specialist. For the last 11 years, Valeri has served as the Coordinator for the Guardian Scholars Program and as an EOP Retention Specialist. She also represents UC Davis and Guardian Scholars locally and statewide on various committees, organizations, and consortiums related to foster care. Valeri is also an Adult Liaison for the California Youth Connection.