Distinguished Service Award Carol Garcia ’80 (Family and Consumer Sciences)
ometown and Hornet pride run deep for fifth generation Roseville native Carol Garcia ’80 (Family and Consumer Sciences). The Distinguished Service Award recipient is joined by her mother, husband, sister and daughter as proud Sacramento State alumni and active community volunteers.
“We are very grateful that we have Sac State here,” says Garcia. “It really fulfills a wonderful need for education in our region.”
Carol has fond memories of her days as a Sac State student majoring in textiles and clothing. She had plans to pursue a career in design or teaching until a conversation with a friend changed her trajectory.
“I had a friend in banking who said there was a need for a teller,” remembers Garcia. “I thought I would do that for a year and then go back to school for my master’s degree, but I just loved the banking world and moved up very quickly.”
After 37 years in community banking, Carol finds fulfillment in her current role as senior vice president of marketing and business development for Community 1st Bank in Roseville. She attributes two Sac State classes for arming her with a necessary soft skill to help customers, identify new business and manage relationships.
“The greatest skill that I took out of Sac State was how to work with people,” says Garcia. “I learned a lot of how to do this in my sociology and communications classes, and I use this knowledge every day to work with a variety of personalities.”
Carol is committed to her community and its residents. She served on the Roseville City Council from 2007-2016 and as mayor from 2014-2016. She was elected last year to serve on the Sierra College Board of Trustees, and has volunteered for numerous not-for-profit organizations in the region, including Roseville Chamber of Commerce, Child Abuse Prevention Council of Placer County (Kids First) and the Rotary Club of Roseville.
“I became president of the Rotary Club exactly 40 years after my dad served as president,” says Garcia. “That was really rewarding for me.”
Another source of great pride for Garcia is her role as co-founder of the Placer Breast Cancer Foundation which she currently chairs.
“In 1999, I was diagnosed with breast cancer which threw me for a loop,” remembers Garcia.”
“Six years later, Teri Munger and I formed the Placer Breast Cancer Endowment with a goal to raise $1.5 million to endow a Breast Cancer Chair at the UC Davis Comprehensive Cancer Center.”
When that goal was reached in 2014, the Endowment became the Placer County Breast Cancer Foundation with the intention to continue the fight against breast cancer. “We do a lot of outreach, fundraising, and education for women about work/life balance. It is very rewarding.”
It is this spirit of giving back for which Carol has garnered numerous awards from Roseville Chamber of Commerce, Nabisco, American Association of University Women, Northern California Power Agency, Sacramento Metro Chamber, and most recently Sacramento State.
“I have seen so many deserving people over the years receive this recognition from Sac State. I never dreamed that I’d be in the same category, so I am very honored.”