Jerry Gonzalez, GALEO’s Executive Director, named as one of the “100 Most Influential Georgians”

Jerry Gonzalez, GALEO’s Executive Director, named as one of the “100 Most Influential Georgians”

For the 6th time, Georgia Trend Magazine named Jerry Gonzalez for his work with GALEO

Press Release

January 2, 2018

For Immediate Release
Media Contact:  Jerry Gonzalez, Executive Director of GALEO,, 678.691.1086.
January 2, 2018  (Atlanta, GA) For a sixth time, Georgia Trend Magazine has named Jerry Gonzalez, Executive Director of GALEO, as one of the “100 Most Influential Georgians” for 2018.

“On behalf of GALEO’s Board of Directors, we congratulate Jerry Gonzalez for being recognized as one of Georgia’s 100 most influential individuals.  For over 14 years, Jerry has spearheaded efforts to activate and engage the Latino electorate in Georgia.  Those efforts have resulted in a significant increase in Latino voter turnout and Latino elected officials. We are excited and proud to have Jerry’s contributions to the state of Georgia acknowledged once again by Georgia Trend Magazine.  We look forward to Jerry’s consistent leadership with the support of the GALEO staff and GALEO members across our state.  We congratulate Jerry on this well-deserved honor,”  said Jason Esteves, Vice Chair of GALEO and Atlanta Board of Education School Board Member.

From Georgia Trend Magazine, January 2018

100 Most Influential Georgians of 2018: Shaping the State

“Nearly all men can stand adversity, but if you want to test a man’s character, give him power,” Abraham Lincoln reportedly said. If we update that quote to include women, then the list of the 100 Most Influential Georgians includes not just influence and power, but also the strength of character in our state.
As we celebrate 20 years of honoring the state’s most influential, we have included many of the usual suspects – politicians, CEOs, college presidents – but we’ve also added a number of new names and faces to the list. All are people who have exhibited the character necessary to inspire, challenge, lead – and influence us.
Some work behind the scenes and some are recognized in every corner of the Peach State. But they have one thing in common: Each of the 100 people you’ll find on the following pages has an enormous impact on the daily lives of Georgians.
We at Georgia Trend do not take the task of selecting the most influential people in the state lightly. It’s a year-round process that involves lots of meetings and discussions. The original list is always more than 100, and we think the final group – subject to retirements, course corrections and shifts in power, not to mention late-in-the-year hirings and firings and a controversy or two – represents the realities of leadership, power, character and influence in Georgia.
Other people named to Georgia Trend’s
“100 Most Influential Georgians” list include:

  • David Abney, Chair & CEO, United Parcel Service
  • Ed Bastian, CEO, Delta Airlines
  • Brandon Beach, President, North Fulton Community Improvement District & State Senator
  • Mark Becker, President, Georgia State University
  • Gary Black, Commissioner, Georgia Department of Agriculture
  • Keisha Lance Bottoms, Mayor, City of Atlanta
  • Paul Bowers, Chairman, President & CEO, Georgia Power
  • Karen Bremer, CEO, Georgia Restaurant Association
  • Jon Burns, Majority Leader, Georgia House of Representatives
  • Casey Cagle, Lt. Governor
  • Chris Carr, Attorney General, State of Georgia
  • Meria Castarphen, Superintendent, Atlanta Public Schools
  • Chris Clark, President & CEO, Georgia Chamber of Commerce
  • Bill Cowsert, Majority Leader, Georgia Senate
  • Nathan Deal, Governor
  • Dietmar Exler, President & CEO, Mercedes-Benz USA
  • Karen Handel, U.S. House of Representatives
  • Steve Henson, Minority Leader, Georgia Senate
  • P. Harris Hines, Chief Justice, Georgia Supreme Court
  • Johnny Isakson, U.S. Senator
  • Jan Jones, Speaker Pro Tempore, Georgia House of Representatives
  • Daniel J. Kaufman, President & CEO, Gwinnett Chamber of Commerce
  • Brian Kemp, Secretary of State
  • Brian McGowan, President & CEO, Atlanta Beltline
  • Rich McKay, President & CEO, The Atlanta Falcons
  • Craig Menear, Chair, President & CEO, The Home Depot
  • Hala Moddelmog, President & CEO, Metro Atlanta Chamber
  • Jeff Mullis, State Senator
  • Charlotte Nash, Chair, Gwinnett County Board of Commissioners
  • David Perdue, U.S. Senator
  • James Quincey, President & CEO, The Coca-Cola Company
  • David Ralston, Speaker, Georgia House of Representatives
  • Doug Shipman, President & CEO, Woodruff Arts Center
  • Nathaniel Smith, Founder & Chief Equity Officer, Partnership for Southern Equity
  • Wendel Willard,State Representative
  • Klaus Zellmer, President & CEO, Porsche Cars North America
Read more online:

Jerry Gonzalez, Executive Director of GALEO & the GALEO Latino Community Development Fund biography is online here:


GALEO’s mission is to increase civic engagement and leadership development of the Latino/Hispanic community across Georgia.

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