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Terry Garcia

COO of the National Cyber Group (NCG)

Terry Garcia

Terry Garcia is COO of the National Cyber Group (NCG.) The National Cyber Group’s mission is to develop and launch a National Cyber Education Program (the Program) which inspires students at all education levels, creates awareness of job opportunities, provide students with skills immediately applicable to the cyber workforce, and connects students to careers.  


Terry has more than 30 years of experience leading and managing large and complex organizations with global operations. For 17 years, Garcia served as executive vice president and chief science and exploration officer for the National Geographic Society. He was also a member of the executive management committee, the Committee for Research and Exploration and the Board of Governors of the National Geographic Education Foundation. In these roles, he was responsible for the Society’s core mission programs and key business units. Under his leadership, the Society’s science and education programs experienced significant growth in global impact and prominence.


In June 2010, Garcia was appointed by President Obama to serve on the National Commission on the BP Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill and Offshore Drilling. The Commission investigated the root causes of the BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico and made recommendations on how to prevent — and mitigate the impact of — any future spills that result from offshore drilling.

Prior to joining National Geographic in 1999, Garcia was assistant secretary of commerce for oceans and atmosphere, U.S. Department of Commerce, and deputy administrator of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).  He also served as NOAA’s general counsel from 1994-1996. Before entering government service, Garcia was a partner in the major national law firms of Manatt, Phelps & Phillips and Hughes Hubbard & Reed.  He established and was chairman of Hughes Hubbard & Reed’s West Coast Financial Services Group.


In 2011, Garcia was named by the First Minister of Scotland to be Chairman of the Advisory Board for the Government of Scotland’s Saltire Challenge Prize for marine renewable energy. He is a research affiliate for the MIT Media Lab Open Agriculture Initiative. Garcia also has served on panels convened by NOAA, the National Academy of Sciences and the National Academy of Public Administration.


Prior to joining National Geographic in 1999, Garcia was assistant secretary of commerce for oceans and atmosphere, U.S. Department of Commerce, and deputy administrator of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).  He also served as NOAA’s general counsel from 1994-1996. Before entering government service, Garcia was a partner in the major national law firms of Manatt, Phelps & Phillips and Hughes Hubbard & Reed.  He established and was chairman of Hughes Hubbard & Reed’s West Coast Financial Services Group.