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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Daisy Gonzalez, 2017 Intern

Daisy Gonzalez is a Gainesville, Georgia native who has been living in Commerce for three years. She graduated from Johnson High School and is currently pursuing a Bachelor in Arts in Political Science and International Affairs at the University of Georgia.


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Kyle Murphy, 2017 Intern

Kyle Murphy was born and raised in Cumming, Georgia.

He received his Bachelor of Science in General Studies with summa cum laude honors from the University of North Georgia-Dahlonega in 2015. He received his Master of Public Health with a concentration in Health Promotion and Behavior from the University of Georgia in 2017.

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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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Libby Richmond, 2017 Intern

Libby Richmond grew up in St. Louis, Missouri and graduated from Ladue Horton Watkins High School. She currently attends Knox College in Galesburg, Illinois, where she is pursuing a Bachelor of Arts in Spanish with two minors in both political science and chemistry. She holds various leadership positions at Knox College, namely as the President of Panhellenic Council and as the Director of Tutoring for the Anything is Possible Education Foundation. She also works as a Spanish tutor on campus.

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