Beatriz Garcia Waddell, board member

Beatriz is a passionate activist who cares deeply about social justice, equity, and the immigrant community. She was born in Guanajuato, Mexico. Her hometown is rooted in history and culture, and for these reasons, she has long been interested in learning about different communities. 

Her journeys and community involvement in different countries exposed Beatriz to social problems, including homelessness, hunger, inadequate access to housing and education, and food insecurity. Through these experiences, she has realized that improving community wellbeing frequently comes down to bridging resources through relationships and trust.

Today, Beatriz lives in Durango, Colorado, where she works for Compañeros: Four Corners Immigrant Resource Center. She is also a member of the Food Equity Coalition, where she previously served as a Community Voice Facilitator. In addition, she is part of the Inclusive Excellence team for the local school district, and she partners with the Durango 9-R Board of Education as a Thought Leader.

In 2020, Beatriz was nominated for the Kathy Underhill Scholarship Award for contributing to food and health equity through advocacy, policy, and community engagement. She hopes to continue contributing to a better world by empowering families with the skills they need to thrive.