Attorney, Texas RioGrande Legal Aid
Matt Garcia is a civil rights attorney with Texas RioGrande Legal Aid, where he focuses on housing justice and homelessness prevention. He represents low-income families in eviction proceedings, monitors local government compliance with tenant and homeowner protections, and educates community members about their rights. Matt was born and raised in Corpus Christi, where family and friends taught him the importance of service and community involvement. During his academic career, Matt studied the history of South Texas, focusing on the economic and political transformations of the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. After graduating from Harvard University in 2010, Matt worked as the Southwest Redistricting Coordinator for the Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund. He later worked as a political organizer and consultant on local, state, and national elections across the country. While attending Stanford Law School, Matt worked at the Community Law Clinic in East Palo Alto, where he developed a passion for defending the rights of low-income tenants. Upon his graduation in 2018, Stanford awarded Matt the John and Terry Levin Center Fellowship to continue his work on behalf of tenants in San Antonio. After completing his fellowship, Matt clerked for Judge Helene N. White on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit. Matt lives with his partner, Sara, and their dog, Boudin, in the Alta Vista neighborhood of San Antonio. They can often be found at the Woodlawn Lake dog park or hiking and backpacking around the Hill Country.