Assistant Secretary for Environmental Justice and Tribal Affairs
Yana Garcia was appointed by Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. in June 2017, to serve as Assistant Secretary for Environmental Justice and Tribal Affairs at the California Environmental Protection Agency (CalEPA). Prior to joining CalEPA, Yana was an associate attorney at Earthjustice, in the California regional office, in San Francisco. Yana was also a staff attorney at Communities for a Better Environment, serving in Huntington Park and Oakland. Her legal practice areas have focused on environmental justice issues, civil rights, land use, toxics and chemical disclosure, oil and gas extraction, and crude transport. Between 2011 and 2012, Yana served as a legal research attorney at the San Francisco Superior Court’s Civil Division, Office of the Presiding Judge.
Prior to practicing law, Yana worked on various environmental justice and civil rights projects aimed at achieving equitable access to clean air, clean water, and sustainable food and energy systems in the states of Texas, New Mexico and Massachusetts. She also worked for the White Earth Land Recovery Project and the Honor the Earth Foundation in Minnesota, where she supported the work of indigenous communities as they worked to reclaim access to their traditional lands, and sustain their traditional cultural practices.
Yana holds a degree in politics from the University of California, Santa Cruz and a law degree from Northeastern University School of Law. She lives in Oakland with her husband.