Sheila Garcia

CASA New Settlement Apartments

Key Topics: Tenants' rights, tenant organizations, housing issues, organizing to create real change, women of color in leadership, social justice work in New York City, outreach, leadership development, staff development

Bio: A proud Bronxite, Director Sheila Garcia brings her background in teaching to her love of organizing. As Director, Sheila’s role is to coordinate and develop the CASA Leaders Team, coordinate the Rezoning campaign and Bronx Coalition for a Community Vision, fundraise, supervise all staff, and engage elected officials. In 2014, Sheila was appointed by Mayor de Blasio to sit on the NYC Rent Guidelines Board (RGB) as a Tenant Member. She was instrumental in the city-wide coalition to organize both the lowest rent adjustment in the history of the RGB of 0% adjustment in 2015 and 2016 and the lowest possible increase of 1.5% in 2018.

Selected Speaking Experience

  • CNL commencement ceremony 2015
  • Panelist at New York City Comptroller Scott Stringer, State Senator Brad Hoylman's Town Hall, The War on Tenants: How Laws, Loopholes & Lack of Enforcement are Endangering the Lives of Over a Million New Yorkers 2018
  • Speaker at Columbia Law School Classes 2016-2018
  • Tenant Representative on the Rent Guidelines Board from 2014-Present
  • Honoree and speaker at the Cardozo Center for Public Service Law annual INSPIRE! awards ceremony of 2018