Ronald literally started from the ground up 44 years ago with Southern California Edison in Field Construction. He lives in Santa Paula, but has worked in Ventura, Santa Barbara, Thousand Oaks, Rosemead, Long Beach, and now in the Southeast Los Angeles Area. He is the Regional Public Affairs Manager, serving the cities of Bell, Bell Gardens, Cudahy, Gardena, Huntington Park, Maywood, South Gate, Vernon, Walnut Park, and unincorporated areas of Los Angeles County.
Ronald is active in civic, social, service, and youth activities. He has been president of the following organizations: Bell Chamber of Commerce; Bell Gardens Chamber of Commerce; Bell Gardens Association of Merchants and Commerce; three-times president of the Cudahy Chamber of Commerce (Businessman of the Year in 1993, 1996, and 1997); the Greater Huntington Park Chamber of Commerce (where he was named Businessman of the Year in 2002); two-time president of the Maywood Chamber of Commerce (Businessman of the Year in 1993); South Gate Chamber of Commerce; Friends of Bell Foundation; West San Gabriel Valley Consortium; JTPA Career Partners: Huntington Park Police Athletic League (PAL); San Antonio Mental Health; Kiwanis of Bell/Cudahy/Maywood; Rio Hondo Boys and Girls Club (where he was Man of the Year for 2001-02); Los Angeles County/Hawaii Region Boys and Girls Club of America (where he was Volunteer of the Year in 2002); Southeast Community Development Corporation; Saticoy Little League; Santa Paula Toastmasters (winner of 1983 California-Nevada Speech Contest); Ventura County United Way Alumni Association of Loaned Executives, and the Southeast Los Angeles Corps Salvation Army. He has also been three-times president of Human Services Association.
President Ronald Reagan appointed Ronald to the City of Ventura Selective Service Draft Board #83. Ronald is a veteran having served in the United States Marine Corp.
Ronald has had the honor many times of being Santa Claus in the cities Bell, Huntington Park, Lynwood, Maywood, and Huntington Park Christmas Parades.
Ronald has served on the following boards and committees: Ventura County Regional Park, Commissioner, Ventura City Park and Recreation; Ventura County American Cancer Society; Los Angeles County Metro Region United Way; Commerce Industrial Council, Gardena Chamber of Commerce, Maywood Sister Cities; Southeast Rio Vista YMCA; El Portal Latino Alzheimer’s Project; United Way Hispanic Planning Council; Southeast Planning Commission; Oldtimers Foundation; Cudahy Redevelopment Planning Advisory Committee; and the Huntington Park Boxing Club.
In Ventura, Ronald is known for his accomplishments as a coach in the Ventura Packer Youth Football Association, Ventura County YMCA Tigre Track (past president), and Saticoy Little League. He is an honorary life member of the Saticoy Elementary School PTA.
Ronald Garcia has served on the Human Services Association Board of Directors since February, 1991.