Mayor Bill de Blasio appointed Kathryn Garcia as Vice Chair of the NYCHA Board of Directors. Previously, she served as Interim Chair and CEO of NYCHA from February to July 2019. A tested manager with extensive operations experience, Garcia joined NYCHA on a leave of absence from her position as Sanitation Commissioner, a role she has held since 2014. At Sanitation, she led key initiatives to modernize the City’s snow response operations, build the nation’s largest curbside organics collection program, and send zero waste to landfills by 2030.
In October 2018, Mayor de Blasio also appointed Garcia as Senior Advisor for Citywide Lead Prevention. She spearheaded the development and launch of Lead FreeNYC, the City’s comprehensive plan to eradicate childhood lead exposure. Garcia coordinated across all relevant City agencies to deepen and expand their lead prevention efforts.
A lifelong New Yorker, Interim Chair Garcia previously held roles at the NYC Department of Environmental Protection, where she was ultimately appointed Chief Operating Officer. In that position, she was responsible for the operation of the City’s water supply, water and sewer system, and wastewater treatment plants.
Interim Chair Garcia earned her Bachelor of Arts in Economics and History at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.