Barbara A. Garcia, MPADirector of Public Health, San Francisco Department of Public Health
Barbara A. Garcia is director of health at the San Francisco Department of Public Health. She previously served as deputy director starting in 1999, when she became responsible for the department’s community programs, which were comprised of more than 2,000 civil-service employees and 150 community-based organizations delivering primary care, behavioral health, maternal and child health, prevention and health promotion, housing and urban health, indigent health, adolescent health and women’s health services. She had a number of previous roles in the department, including director of community substance abuse services, director of homeless services, and associate administrator of AIDS, health and human services.
Before joining the San Francisco Department of Public Health, she was the executive director of Salud Para La Gente Health Center in Watsonville, Calif., a rural health center that provides primary and behavior health care to over 10,000 farm worker families.
She received her Bachelor of Science degree from the University of California, Santa Cruz, and her master’s in public administration from the University of San Francisco.