GALEO Impact Fund Staff

We are proud to have a multi-cultural and action-driven staff. Our team comes together for the common goal of serving the needs of the Latinx community in Georgia.



Jerry Gonzalez is the founding and current Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the GALEO Latino Community Development Fund, and the GALEO Impact Fund. GALEO, a statewide nonprofit and non-partisan organization, has a mission to increase civic participation by educating and empowering the Latino community and to develop Latino leaders through strategic leadership programs throughout the state of Georgia. Gonzalez is a native of Laredo, Texas, and received his B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Texas A&M University in 1995. He completed his Master of Public Administration at the Andrew Young School of Public Policy at Georgia State University in 2005. Due to his efforts at GALEO, Mr. Gonzalez has been recognized by Georgia Trend Magazine as one of Georgia’s 100 Most Influential Georgians for several years. He also dedicates time towards philanthropy, serving on various boards. Gonzalez lives in Atlanta with his husband of over 25 years, Ray, an established and practicing pediatrician, and their dog, Zack. Jerry’s hobbies include photography, travel, hiking, and he considers himself an avid road cyclist.


Deputy Director

Elisa Covarrubias (She/Her/Ella) is the Deputy Director of GALEO Latino Community Development Fund and the GALEO Impact Fund. 

Elisa Covarrubias, born to a mother of Puerto Rican descent and a father from San Luis Potosi, Mexico, spent her formative years in Miami, Florida. She has worked in non-profit social services for over 20 years with a focus on gender-based violence intervention and prevention over the majority of her career. Before serving as CEO of Men Stopping Violence, she was Chief Operating Officer at LiveSafe Resources, a domestic and sexual violence crisis center.

Elisa served on the committee to develop state standards for Georgia sexual assault centers, the Georgia Sexual Assault Response Team Expert Committee, as an Advisory Board Member for Georgia Latin@s Against Domestic Violence, and as Co-Chair of the Fulton County Family Violence Task Force. Elisa is an AmeriCorps National Service Alum and was a 2019 Georgia Women’s Policy Institute Fellow.  In 2020, she was awarded the Cobb Young Professionals Next Generation Award and serves as Board Chair for the Georgia Coalition Against Domestic Violence.

Kyle gomez-Leineweber

Director of Public Policy and Advocacy

Kyle Gomez-Leineweber (He/Him/Él) is our Director of Policy and Advocacy. He graduated from Brenau University in 2019. Kyle has worked with many organizations and officials in Georgia to advocate for people-centered policies and engage underrepresented constituencies. Kyle is committed to making government work efficiently, effectively, and transparently for everyone in our community.

Elizabeth Scott

Development Director

Elizabeth Scott (She/Her/Ella) is the Development Director of GALEO Latino Community Development Fund and the GALEO Impact Fund who lives in Atlanta, Georgia. Elizabeth graduated from Georgia Southern University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Political Science and the Andrew Young School of Public Policy at Georgia State with a Masters of Public Administration in Nonprofit Management. With over fifteen years of experience, Elizabeth works to create a better world.

lorena mora

Director of Communications

Lorena Mora (she/her/ella) is our Director of Communications. Born and raised in Colombia, Lorena has experience and knowledge in all communication fields, a bachelor’s degree in Science of Communication and Journalism from Autónoma de Occidente University in Colombia and a Master’s degree in Audiovisual Communication from the Catholic University of Argentina.

Andres Parra

Program Manager for Civic Engagement and Community Organizer

Andres Parra (He/Him/Él) is the Community Organizer for the GALEO Impact Fund. He moved to Gwinnett county from Barranquilla, Colombia when he was ten years old. Andres was a GALEO intern in 2016 and a part-time canvasser from 2016 until he joined the GALEO Impact Fund Team full time in 2020. Andres graduated with a Bachelor’s degree double major in Political Science/IR and Latin American Studies and a minor in French from Carleton College in Minnesota.

Omar rodriguez

Executive Assistant

Omar Rodriguez (Him/He/Él) serves as our Executive Assistant. Born to Mexican immigrant parents, Omar currently seeks a Bachelor’s of Science in Software Engineering at Kennesaw State University. Omar excels in advocating for his community and immigrants, and he hopes to use his degree in software engineering to work with non-profit organizations and help them build systems to facilitate their work.

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