Nora Garcia is the Director of Programs at the Healthy Communities Foundation (HCF). She leads the foundation’s work on the intersection of health and social determinants, addressing questions on the role and impact of direct services, networks, policies and institutions on health outcomes. Previously, Nora was a consultant with HCF during its inaugural round of grantmaking in fall 2017.
Before joining HCF, Nora was a consultant to the Field Foundation of Illinois where she reviewed proposals and made funding recommendations focused on justice, leadership and art. She also consulted with the Pritzker Traubert Foundation providing strategic support on communications and to health and education grantees. Prior to that, Nora managed the Peace Grants Project, a fund established by the City of Chicago focused on decreasing youth violence. Her early experience included roles at CIS of Chicago, BUILD and the Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights (ICIRR).
Nora earned her master’s degree in Social Service Administration from the University of Chicago and a bachelor’s in Political Science from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.