Jerry Gonzalez, GALEO Executive Director

Jerry Gonzalez is the founding and current Executive Director of Georgia Association of Latino Elected Officials (GALEO) and the GALEO Latino Community Development Fund. GALEO was founded in 2003 and is a 501 (c) (6) statewide nonprofit and non-partisan organization; its mission is to increase civic engagement and leadership development of the Latino/Hispanic community across Georgia. The GALEO Latino Community Development Fund is a 501(c) (3) nonprofit organization affiliated with GALEO.

Gonzalez is a native of Laredo, TX and received his B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Texas A&M University in 1995. He completed his Master of Public Administration with a Nonprofit Administration emphasis at the Andrew Young School of Public Policy at Georgia State University in 2005. Gonzalez was an active student at Texas A&M with diverse interests including the Society of Mexican American Engineers and Scientists (MAES), the Fightin’ Texas Aggie Band (clarinet), and the Corps of Cadets. After graduation, Gonzalez served on the MAES National Board of Directors as a Regional Vice President.

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Maria del Rosario Palacios, Program Coordinator for Leadership Development & Policy

Maria del Rosario Palacios is the current Program Coordinator for Leadership Development & Policy for GALEO. She was born in Mexico and has resided in Gainesville, GA for over twenty years. She graduated Cum Laude from the University of North Georgia with her Bachelor’s in Business Administration in Finance.

Maria del Rosario has worked in various leadership roles during her undergraduate years, as a student, a community member, and as a professional. She co-founded Diplomats for Diversity while at the University of North Georgia and served in leadership roles in debate, entrepreneurship, student government, and diversity student organizations. Before completion of her degree she also served as the Coordinator for Multicultural Student Affairs and Latino Success at UNG.

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Brian Nunez, Executive Associate


Brian was born and raised in the Dominican Republic until he was 12 years old and then moved to New York City for 3 years with his family. Then, they moved to Georgia for his high school years and he has been a part of the Atlanta community ever since.

He received his Bachelor of Arts with cum laude honors in Political Science with a focus on Pre-Law and a minor in Philosophy from the University of West Georgia in 2014.

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Cherilyn Muñoz, 2017 Intern

Cherilyn Munoz was born in Brooklyn, New York, and as been raised in Douglasville, Georgia. She is currently attending Georgia State University as a Goizueta scholar who is pursuing a Bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood Education and a minor in Nonprofit Leadership.

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