Eric Garcia-Mendez is the Director of Community Connections at Heartland United Way. Originally from Grand Island, Eric moved to Lincoln, Nebraska in 2014 to attend the University of Nebraska-Lincoln where he obtained his Bachelor of Science in Natural Resources and Environmental Economics. Following graduation, Eric moved back to Grand Island to serve as an AmeriCorps member and later joined the Heartland United Way.
Eric currently serves on the Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Nebraska Board of Directors, Grand Island Area Coalition on Trafficking Leadership Team, Young Professionals of Color Leadership Team, College Park Board of Directors and the Grand Island Public Schools Board of Education. Eric is looking forward to continuing to invest back into the community that shaped him. Eric enjoys traveling, spending time with friends and family, reading and photographing on his spare time.