Vice President, Public and Media Relations
Monique Garcia serves as Vice President of Public and Media Relations for Mac Strategies Group. In this role, she oversees operations in Springfield and provides strategic vision and planning to ensure clients reach their goals inside the Statehouse and beyond. Recognized as one of the “best state capitol reporters in America” by the Washington Post, Garcia offers an invaluable blend of skills to successfully execute a variety of media and public relations campaigns.
Garcia brings a wealth of media experience, having worked as a journalist at the Chicago Tribune for more than a decade, most recently as the Tribune's Statehouse Bureau Chief. Her expertise covering Illinois government and politics eventually brought her from Chicago to Springfield, where she helped direct coverage as the Tribune's legislative correspondent. During her time at the Tribune, Garcia developed a unique reputation for helping readers digest intensely complex information. From the impeachment of a governor to the launch of then U.S Senator Barack Obama's presidential campaign and his subsequent visits to Illinois, she has covered a number of high profile issues, including several congressional races and historic legislative issues.
Most notably, Monique delved into the state's historic budget stalemate and explored its impact on taxpayers and those who do business with the state. She also examined Illinois' pension crisis and efforts to push for change. In acknowledgment of her quality reporting, Garcia and her team were recognized by the Chicago Journalists Association for their efforts to provide daily, microscopic coverage of the 2014 governor's race.
Prior to joining the Chicago Tribune, Garcia held roles at the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, the Belleville News-Democrat and was a summer fellow at the Poynter Institute in St. Petersburg, Florida. She often provides government and public affairs insights serving as a guest on various news programs, and during speaking engagements for education and civic groups.
Monique Garcia earned her bachelor's degree in journalism from Southern Illinois University Carbondale and her master's degree in public affairs reporting from the University of Illinois at Springfield. She resides in Springfield.