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, Policy Analyst & Leadership Program Coordinator

Maria del Rosario Palacios is the current Policy Analyst & Leadership Program Coordinator for GALEO. She was born in Mexico and has resided in Gainesville, GA for over twenty-two years. She is a current graduate student at the University of North Georgia as she pursues her Masters in Public Administration. Maria graduated Cum Laude from the same institution with her Bachelor’s in Business Administration in Finance.

Maria del Rosario has worked in various leadership roles as a community member and as a working 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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Camilo Hernandez, 2017 Intern

Camilo Hernandez is a Georgia native who has been living in Loganville, Georgia for about 12 years now. He graduated from Grayson High school and is currently pursuing a Bachelor in General Biology at Georgia Gwinnett College.

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Cristobal Ortiz, 2017 Intern

Cristobal Ortiz is a Georgian who has lived most of his life in Dalton, for about 17  years. He attended and graduated from Southeast high School in 2014. Cristobal recently moved to Kennesaw Georgia, and is now a junior pursuing a bachelor’s degree in finance and minor in business law.

  Cristobal Ortiz was born In Guanajuato, Mexico. He came to the United States in the year 2001, and quickly became a US citizen in the year 2006. He is the first in his family to graduate from high school and attend college. After completing his bachelor’s degree in finance, Cristobal plans on working in his field and then attending Emory University for his masters in finance.
In his spare time, Cristobal Ortiz works and supports organizations that empower the Latino community. Cristobal is a member of ALPFA (Association of latino Professionals for America) chapter at Kennesaw State University. He also likes to play soccer, play his clarinet, and spend time with his family. Cristobal is smart and great individual who wants to succeed in this country and grow up to become a great leader, and grow more as a person with GALEO.
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Mario Botero, 2017 Intern


Mario Botero grew up in Bogota, Colombia, and moved to the United States at the age of 18. He is currently attending Georgia Gwinnett College where he is pursuing a Bachelor of International Business.

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