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 (GLCDF). 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.

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Jennifer Zenteno Pearce, Program Coordinator

Jennifer Zenteno-Pearce is originally from Tlalnepantla, Mexico and proudly grew up in Zoquitlan, Puebla through the age of 7 before she was brought to Atlanta, Georgia in 2000.  After graduation Jennifer attended Georgia Perimeter College (GPC) and later transferred to Kennesaw State University to continue her Bachelor’s in Biochemistry.  During her tenure at GPC she served as a Senator for her school’s Student Government Association and was actively involved in the Latino Connections Club. She has also been involved with the Latin American Association since High School as a volunteer for summer camps and the Annual Latino Youth Leadership Conference.

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Pedro Viloria, Program Coordinator

Pedro Jose Viloria is our current Program Coordinator for Community Engagement & Development. He was born in Caracas, Venezuela but spent most of his life in Maracaibo before his family decided to move to the United States in order to flee from the current crisis. After a brief residence in Miami, they relocated to metro-Atlanta where they have lived for the last 15 years. It was in Atlanta that Pedro was able to plant his roots and begin his work as an advocate for the Latino community.

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Francesca Burke, Summer 2019 Intern

Francesca Burke is a rising second-year student at Georgetown University. She is in the Walsh School of Foreign Service and is currently majoring in international affairs with a focus in culture and politics. She was born in Boynton Beach, Florida and moved to Marietta, Georgia when she was 8 years old.

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Stephania Ortez, Summer 2019 Intern

Stephania Ortez is an upcoming Junior at the University of North Georgia. She is currently majoring in political science with a minor in communication. She is the proud daughter of two Honduran immigrants. She was born in Fairfaxs, Virginia and moved to Georgia in 2012.

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Stephanie Gomez, 2019 Summer Intern

Born and raised in Georgia, Stephanie Gomez is a rising senior at Georgia State University. As a first-generation college student higher education has always been of great importance. She is part of the Georgia State University Honors College and is currently majoring in Political Science with a minor in Philosophy and a concentration in Pre-Law. 

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Shayla Rodriguez, 2019 Summer Intern

Shayla Rodriguez is a rising senior at Hapeville Charter Career Academy, she is also an active member of the National Honor Society, National Beta Club and Student Body President of her school. She is also a Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute Alumni. She was born and raised in Atlanta, Georgia.

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