Luzmarina Garcia was born and raised in El Paso, Texas. She graduated from the University of Texas at El Paso in 2011 with a BA. She was a double major in political science and communication studies. During her senior year, Luzmarina was selected as an American Forensics Association All-American for her career in forensics and academic standing. She was captain of the UTEP Forensics Team and named a UTEP 21st Century scholar. Luzmarina was awarded the Xerox Technical Minority Scholarship and completed STEM internships with the US Department of Defense and New York Life Insurance Company. She intends to focus her graduate study on questions pertinent to public policy, urban politics, and race and ethnicity. It is her ambition to become a faculty member at a university which she hopes will enable her to lead others in sustained critical analysis of issues and to guide students towards their goals.