Kayla Garcia leads to make impactful change in her community
Kayla Garcia is one of the Top 25 Young Professionals of 2021
Kayla Garcia, 32
Community Affairs Manager, Molson Coors Beverage Co. | Golden
Kayla Garcia can remember every mistake, failure or missed opportunity in her professional career—and how she responded in the moments after.
“I always get back up after the feeling of getting knocked down,” Garcia says. “I work harder, but mostly importantly, I take time for reflection and to learn.”
In addition to leading Molson Coors’ community affairs and investment strategy for Colorado, Garcia manages the company’s national community programs for Hispanic, Asian, sustainability and United Way partnerships.
She recently updated a decade-old Hispanic college scholarship program to triple its nationwide impact, and she leads Coors Light Lideres, which awards a $25,000 grant to a Latino-led nonprofit.
As the youngest-ever development director at the Denver Inner City Parish and later in a similar position at Mile High United Way, Garcia raised millions to support nonprofits and human service programs.
Garcia serves on state and national nonprofit boards that reflect her passions: Denver Leadership Foundation; Girls Inc. Metro Denver; Metro Denver Economic Development Corp.; and the Congressional Hispanic Leadership Institute, among others.
“Being on the right track of success is when someone else’s life is positively impacted as a result of your work,” she says. “And when you think you are getting close to reaching the destination of success — do more.”
Her No. 1 goal: “To be a leader of impactful change for my community.”
This article is part of the ColoradoBiz’s 2021 Top 25 Young Professionals. Click here to read more about the latest class of up-and-coming movers and shakers.