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Meet Your 2021-2022 Committee Vice Chair Candidate, Catalina Garcia-Quick

· CCDC-Related Elections

Good afternoon District Post Seat Holders!

As a newly elected District 1 post seat holder, I thought I would take a minute to introduce myself and advise of my nomination for the Chatham County Democratic Committee Vice Chair position.

My name is Catalina Garcia-Quick, and I am a newly elected District 1 post seat holder. I most recently have taken on a communications co-chair role for the CCDC.

I arrived to the CCDC as a volunteer with a communications plan in hand and have been working with the Communications and Education committee to manage our presence and reputation in the community. You may have seen some of our work with the recent uptick in media, social media and online presence.

My Background: Professionally, I have over 25 years of cross-functional non profit CEO level experience and have an extensive background in public relations, strategic planning, board and process development, fiscal planning, and communications. My career focus has been in public affairs working as an advocate dedicated to healthcare, education, criminal justice reform, and poverty reduction.

For the past five years, as a non profit CEO, I have been a spokesperson, and member of a state and national lobbying team, annually visiting Washington D.C and the GA State Capital lobbying congressional representatives in support of social justice issues. I additionally worked as a consultant to the Georgia Dept. of Education in support of their efforts to provide wrap around services to failing schools statewide. Locally, I have established relationships with civic leaders and the business community. I serve on the Board of Directors of the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce and the Habersham YMCA. I am president of the Board for Communities in Schools of Savannah, I am a proud S.C.O.R.E. mentor, and recently produced the Savanah Jaycees Candidate Roundtable Discussion.

I am a small business owner, and President of First City Public Relations/Political Group. I have spent my entire adult life in Savannah, arriving as a teen over 30 years ago. I grew up as an “at-risk” student with a passion for education and have worked for over 30 years as a mentor and volunteer to ensure “at-risk” students achieve success. My husband, Randy Quick, was born, raised and educated in Savannah and grew up working for his family's scrap yard off of Louisville Rd. (Fun Fact - the same scrap yard that Rev. Rafael Warnock's father sold scrap cars to all those years ago.) He spent his youth boxing throughout the region and volunteered at Jarrell's Gym for decades. He currently runs a regional recycling facility located in Savannah. I have two daughters, my oldest is a college freshman and my youngest is in the 5th grade. I look forward to working towards balance and diversity and to working as a strong advocate for democratic issues hence “moving the needle” while working to position the CCDC as a leader and authority in the region.

It is very nice to meet you and I look forward to working with you all. I ask that you please consider voting in support of my nomination for Vice Chair.

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