Myla Garcia grew up as the daughter of Filipino immigrants in Delano, CA. Despite entering foster care at the age of 13 with her younger brother, Myla has pursued higher education and is a first-generation college graduate and current law student. Myla graduated from California State University, Fullerton, with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and a minor in English. After college, she served for 9 months as a Peace Corps volunteer in West Africa. She is currently pursuing a Juris Doctor degree at Penn State Dickinson Law and has goals of pursuing a career in children’s advocacy and immigration.

During undergrad, Myla was a Guardian Scholar at CSUF and volunteered with non-profits working towards serving the foster youth and former foster youth community. She is also certified to teach English as a second language and taught English in Thailand, Laos, Nicaragua, and Benin for varying periods of time. As a law student, she was an Equal Justice Works Rural Summer Legal Fellow and worked in education equity. She is also a Certified Legal Intern and represents current foster youth in court proceedings at her law school’s children’s advocacy clinic. In her free time, Myla enjoys lifting weights, playing video games, and reading.