Andrew Willis Garces

Andrew Willis Garcés was raised in Memphis, TN and Guadalajara, México and after eleven years in the District of Columbia recently relocated to Austin, TX. During his time as an undergraduate and grad student in the District, he first focused on nonviolent direct action training work with anti-war and Latin America solidarity groups, and for the next several years worked with a variety of organizations fighting gentrification in historically African-American and Latina/o neighborhoods.

Since then he’s helped build successful campaigns with labor unions, experimented with popular education while organizing with public housing residents and helped organize and mobilize immigrant voters in Northern Virginia.

He’s also led train the trainer and organizational development workshops in Spanish for grassroots groups in the US, Colombia and Ecuador and coordinates Training for Change’s English-to-Spanish translation initiative.