Raquel Gonzalez

Chief Operations Officer

Raquel Gonzalez (she/they) is a queer, Latinx, first-generation college graduate from generational poverty, who has championed social and racial justice as a government executive, DEI consultant, organizer, and leadership development practitioner. With nearly 20 years of experience in project and personnel management, Raquel has led operations, policy, and diversity and inclusion initiatives in federal and state government for teams up to 1,300 and budgets up to $423 million.
In her personal capacity, Raquel has helped four nonprofits design leadership development programs for equity-focused next-generation leaders. She currently serves on the Boards of Directors for the Alliance of Latinx Leadership and Policy and the Jimmy and Rosalynn Carter School for Peace and Conflict Resolution’s alumni chapter. She previously served on the Boards of the New York State Academy for Public Administration and Latinos44, a professional association for former Obama appointees. She has been recognized as the 2022 Community Mentor with the Public Leadership Education Network, a 2022 National LEAD trainer for New Leaders Council, a 2021 Political Partner with the Truman National Security Project, and one of The Hispanic Coalition of New York’s 2018 ‘40 Under 40 Rising Latino Stars’.
Raquel holds a B.A. in Community Studies, a dual M.A./M.S. in Conflict Analysis and Resolution and Mediterranean Security, and professional certificates in Positive Leadership, and Diversity and Inclusion.