Myn Garcia

Myn Garcia

Deputy Director-General, Commonwealth Foundation

As Deputy Director-General of the Commonwealth Foundation, Myn has responsibility for Programmes and Grants. She led the Foundation in developing its strategic framework for 2012-17, anchoring its work on participatory governance and recently for its new strategy 2017-21.

She comes to the Commonwealth Foundation with extensive and multidisciplinary experience in International Development and Communication including participatory governance, peacebuilding, gender, cultural diversity, communications for development, capacity development and knowledge management.

She was the Director-Development of the Global Affairs Canada (GAC) funded Afghanistan Technical Assistance Program and was based in Kabul, Afghanistan in 2010 – 2011. Previous to this she was the Canadian Field Program Manager of the GAC-funded Local Governance Support Program in the Autonomous Region of Muslim Mindanao in Southern Philippines. She also worked in Sri Lanka on local governance and peace building. Myn was Programme Manager at the Laurier Institution, a non-governmental Canadian policy think tank examining the economic and social impact of cultural diversity and peace. Myn has worked with national and local governments, civil society organisations, international organisations, academia, media and the private sector in Canada, the Philippines, Sri Lanka and Afghanistan.

Myn has an MA in Communication and Development from Simon Fraser University School of Communication in British Columbia, Canada. She has authored, edited and published a number of books on governance, capacity development and knowledge management. Some of her interests include pilates, cycling, snorkelling, films, theatre, books and travelling. Vancouver, Canada is home.