Garcia Williams is the Executive Director of The Medi Community Resource Center. Having served previously as Executive Director of the YWCA of Greater Charleston she has been a longtime advocate for racial equity, building community with a concentration on social determinants of health focusing on women and the addiction population.
In addition to her professional responsibilities as The Medi Executive Director, Garcia also volunteers and engages in the planning and implementation of key events and programs in and around the City of Charleston, regionally and nationally. Recognition of her marketing and meeting planning skills resulted in her being named as Project Manager at MUSC to manage logistics and site management for The Annual National Conference on Health Disparities sponsored in part by the Medical University of SC. For the past 11 years she has worked diligently hosting events in Charleston, Little Rock, Arkansas, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Washington, DC, St Croix and St. Thomas in the USVI, Long Beach, California and Atlanta, Georgia. Oakland, California was the 2019 host city for the 12 th annual event. Since the onset of the COVID Pandemic, all conferences have been postponed and or hosted virtually.
While serving as a member of the host committee at the 2015 Congressional Black Caucus Health Brain Trust meeting hosted by MUSC in Charleston, SC, a chance meeting provided a timely introduction to The Medi Community Resource Center. This non-profit organization founded by Audrey Whetsell, CEO of Resource Partners, LLC provided an introduction and a pivotal opportunity to engage technology to address gaps and connect healthcare resources to disadvantaged communities. Garcia’s mission and focus through The Medi is to build this organization and it’s reach to connect the community with critical resources through educational forums, training, and entertainment through the use of technology to bring about more positive health outcomes. In February of 2019, The Medi Community Resource Center hosted its First Annual Red Dress Sunday event. This event held during Heart Health Month, focused on heart disease, and more specifically women’s heart health in the faith-based communities. Throughout the month, The Medi provided materials, resources and speakers to over 25 congregations who celebrated during their worship service and at events targeted on educating women on the preventive measures and a healthier lifestyle.
Ms. Williams is a graduate of The University of Maryland, Eastern Shore; she also completed a Women’s Management Certification Program at the Smith College in Northampton, MA, and her graduate studies were completed at The American University in Washington DC, where she received a Master’s in Information Systems.
Community service is the common thread in the fabric of her life. The old adage the “apple does not fall from the tree” speaks to the legacy established by her mother Georgine Edgerton, whose passion and commitment to her community in the City of Baltimore, set the standard by which she models her contributions. Through the City of Charleston, Office of Cultural Affairs, Ms. Williams served, as a Committee Chair and Planning Committee Coordinator for the MOJA Arts Festival. She is a life member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Charleston Alumnae Chapter where she was honored as Soror of the Year in 2011, served as chair and participates on many committees. Garcia she is a member of Charleston (SC) Chapter of Links Incorporated and served as a Board Member of the Mother Emmanuel Empowerment Center supporting programming and services for survivors and families. She currently serves as the Education Campaign/Communications Subcommittee Chair for Breathe Easy Tri-County.
A native of Baltimore, Maryland, she relocated to Charleston from the Washington DC area as a full time resident in 2000. Garcia is a natural communicator whose expertise includes building strong relationships traditionally and through social media to enhance business and networking opportunities. She is always seeking new opportunities to broaden her horizons and to make an impact on the local, regional and national business community.
Garcia is a faithful and active member of Morris Street Baptist Church in Charleston, SC. She is passionate about the arts, building community, and the health and welfare of women and children. She devotes her time and energy to being an active part of the village.