Special Assistant to the President for Diversity, Inclusion,
and Community Engagement
Freddy García was appointed Special Assistant to the President for Diversity, Inclusion, and Community Engagement in July 2017. In this Cabinet-level role, he is responsible for providing leadership, innovation, and vision to promote diversity and inclusion among all constituents of the College. He provides strategic direction to the Marist College Diversity Council in fostering a climate that is welcoming, inclusive, and respectful to all. He is also responsible for serving as a liaison to the community, representing the President at local and regional events and developing key relationships that advance the Marist mission.
Freddy has come to know the College well and has been making a positive impact here for years. Prior to his current position, Freddy served as the Presidential Fellow of Marist for over five years. In this role, he was responsible for coordinating activities between internal and external constituencies; representing the Office of the President at events and meetings at Marist and in the larger community; leading special projects and initiatives; and assisting with the effective operation of the office. He has also served as the Assistant Director of Financial Aid and the Assistant Director of Student Financial Services/Graduate and Adult Enrollment.
Freddy has been actively engaged in the region volunteering for a number of organizations and serving on the board of three local not-for-profits including the Catharine Street Community Center, Family Services, Inc., and the Dutchess County Regional Chamber of Commerce. He has been an active member of the Hudson Valley Young Professionals advisory board and continues to do a great job linking Marist to the local community.
Freddy is a two-time graduate of Marist College with his B.S. in business with a marketing concentration and his Master’s in Business Administration (MBA) with a concentration in financial management in 2009 and 2014, respectively. He has received numerous awards including the Dutchess County Forty Under 40 Shaker Award, The Exempt Fireman Association Hispanic Heritage Award, and New York’s Latino Forty Under 40 Rising Star Award presented by The Hispanic Coalition of NY, Inc. He lives with his fiancée, Amber Mahmud, in the Town of Poughkeepsie.