Name: Sergio Garcia

Age: 40.

Residence: Reminderville. Grew up in Los Angeles.

Profession: Chief of staff and vice president for diversity, equity and inclusion at Northeast Ohio Medical University in Rootstown Township.

Nomination: Nominated by Richard Lewis, director of government relations, Northeast Ohio Medical University. “Mr. Garcia has been working in Northeast Ohio for the past two and a half years and has quickly established himself as a leader within the higher education community, within the Hispanic community and within the business community,” Lewis wrote. “He is widely respected for his ideas, his ability to identify key issues that need to be addressed and his skills in helping define solutions to problems.”

Definition of leadership: “To me, leadership is an attitude — an attitude of taking charge in any aspect of your life. … We’re all leaders. I try to instill that everyone is a leader. Any action you do as a human being affects somebody else.”

How he fits into this definition: “When discussions are had on any topic, I think I bring a different perspective. I bring a different thought pattern.”

How his leadership views have changed: “I think leadership is always evolving and changing. But I think there is also one constant: the notion of service.”

Mentors: Roger F. Noriega, former assistant secretary of state for Western Hemisphere affairs and a former U.S. ambassador to the Organization of American States and currently a visiting fellow at the American Enterprise Institute, a conservative think tank based in Washington D.C.; and Jay Gershen, president of NEOMED.