José L. García

Senior Communications Associate

Born and raised in Chicago, José García began his professional career as an English teacher and college counselor at the very high school he graduated from. José is passionate about ensuring that all students have equal access to the opportunity of getting to and through college.

After teaching for two years and obtaining his Master of Arts in Teaching degree from Relay Graduate School of Education, José moved south to the state of Texas to pursue his dream of working in broadcast journalism. He was an anchor and reporter at a local ABC affiliate.

José moved back home a few months later and joined Acero Schools, the second-largest charter school network in the city, as a public affairs specialist. While at Acero Schools, José spearheaded the organization’s multimedia marketing efforts for brand awareness, recruitment, and enrollment.

Before joining the Advance Illinois team in February 2020, José was deputy press secretary in the Office of Communications at Chicago Public Schools.

José graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in communication from Denison University in Granville, Ohio.