P.D. Soros Fellowship for New Americans


Luis Garcia, 2000

MS, Stanford University

Luis Garcia is an immigrant from Guatemala

Fellowship awarded to support work towards an MS in Mechanical Engineering at Stanford University

LUIS GARCIA is an entrepreneurial leader with experience in operations, product management, venture capital, and international expansion at global technology companies and startups. He currently leads marketplace operations at TaskRabbit, a venture-backed startup and pioneer in the shared economy space.

Luis held various roles at Google starting in 2005: he was one of the first members of the investment team at GV, Google's $2.4B venture capital arm. Luis was also an early product manager at YouTube, where he helped lead the company's first internationalization and localization. He began his Google career helping to expand the company's footprint outside of the United States and refine its worldwide business operations.

Prior to Google, Luis worked for a boutique management consulting firm advising clients in consumer industries. He earned multiple graduate degrees in engineering from Stanford, where he was a Soros Fellow from 2000 to 2002. Luis also holds an MBA from Harvard Business School and a BSE, magna cum laude, in mechanical engineering from Princeton. He was born in Guatemala and lives in San Francisco with his wife and son.

  • MBA | Harvard University 2010
  • MS Management Science and Engineering | Stanford University 2003
  • MS Mechanical Engineering | Stanford University 2002
  • BS Mechanical Engineering | Princeton University 2000
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