She graduated from the Dana Hall School in Wellesley, Massachusetts in 1983
She holds a bachelor's degree from Boston University. Later she attended Esmod (Ecole Superieure de la Mode) in Paris and also earned a bachelor's degree in 1992 from the Fashion Institute of Technology(FIT).
Garcia began her career in the fashion industry in the early 1980s. She worked in the public relations department for Perry Ellis and its then-designer, Marc Jacobs.