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 engagement and leadership development of the Latino community across 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.
Alejandro Chavez (He/Him/El) was born into the world of advocacy for Latinx rights. As Cesar Chavez’s grandson, organizing and leadership development are in his blood. Chavez was the Campaign Manager for Ruben Gallego’s successful first run for State Representative. He then joined MoveOn.org to promote diplomatic solutions in the Middle East, successfully gaining public support from MoveOn members to push their elected officials to support the Iran Nuclear Deal. Known for his excellent communication skills and grassroots efforts, Alejandro developed nationally-distributed organizing programs to engage volunteers in every state and even in the United Kingdom to take solo coordinated actions. One of his passions is supporting and developing tools for volunteers for local organizing and team building in their community. He believes that the more people and communities with solid organizing practices, organizing tools, and support, the more powerful impact they can make nationally.
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.
Director of Public Policy and Advocacy
David García (He/Him/El) is a first-generation U.S. citizen, veteran, and college graduate born in Los Angeles, California, to immigrant parents from El Salvador. Following the completion of his Master’s Degree from the Georgia State University Andrew Young School of Policy Studies, David held numerous roles in the nonprofit and public sectors supporting and advocating for transitioning service members. As the Director of Public Policy and Advocacy, David’s goal is to leverage his education, professional experience, and commitment to serving others to empower the Latino community in Georgia to achieve their version of the American Dream.
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Director of Communications
Alba Lucero Villarreal (She/Her/Ella) is our Director of Communication. As a Mexican-American woman from a low-income and first-generation background, Alba continuously advocates for her community. She has worked for Representative Brenda Lopez Romero as a campaign fellow and a part-time legislative aid. She previously worked at the Gwinnett County Department of Water Resources as their Communications and Outreach Intern. Alba graduated Summa Cum Laude from Georgia State University, where she also received the Goizueta Pipeline Scholarship. Alba graduated with a Political Science bachelor’s degree with a minor in Journalism.
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.
Program Coordinator for Operations and Communications
Omar Rodriguez (Him/He/Él) serves as our Program Coordinator for Operations and Communications. Born to Mexican immigrant parents, Omar currently seeks a Bachelor’s in Political Science and a minor in lega studies from Kennesaw State University. Omar excels in advocating for his community and immigrations, as he aspires to become a lawyer to help the voiceless.
Summer 2022 Policy Intern
Zarina Jones (she/her) is our Summer 2022 Policy Intern for the GALEO Impact Fund. She comes from an African-American background. She is currently a rising 3rd year International Affairs major at the University of Georgia. Her professional and personal passions can both be summed up by the goal of helping people, whether it’s making sure that they can be and live comfortably in their own spaces or just being able to make someone smile. When she’s not working or studying, she enjoys reading her favorite books such as “The Goldfinch” by Donna Tart, “Giovanni’s Room” by James Baldwin, “Too Much and Not the Mood” by Durga Chew-Bose. She aspires to travel the world when she is older.