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Jerry González, Director General de GALEO, nombrado uno de los «100 georgianos más influyentes» en 2021

Norcross, Georgia, January 4, 2021 – For a ninth time, Georgia Trend Magazine has named Jerry Gonzalez, CEO of GALEO, as one of the “100 Most Influential Georgians” for 2020.

“On behalf of GALEO’s Board of Directors, we congratulate Jerry for being recognized as one of Georgia’s 100 Most Influential Georgians. Georgia Latino turnout increased by more than 70% in 2020 compared to 2016, and it was partly due to GALEO’s work under Jerry’s leadership. We are proud of Jerry and excited about his continued leadership in our community. His recognition in Georgia Trend Magazine is well-deserved,” said Jason Esteves, Chair of GALEO Chair of the Atlanta Public Schools Board of Education.

The list also added and kept several other Latinx leaders: Angel Cabrera, President, Georgia Institute of Technology; Dr. Carlos Del Rio, Hubert Professor and Chair, Department of Global Health, Rollins School of Public Health, Professor of Medicine, Emory University; and Ivan Shammas,General Manager & General Sales Manager, Telemundo Atlanta.

From Georgia Trend Magazine, January 2021:

“The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort or convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy,” said Martin Luther King, Jr.

His words are as applicable today as they were when he wrote them in 1963, as the world continues to face the challenges and controversies of pandemic, economic recession and political fighting.

Some of the “100 Most Influential Georgians” list includes:

  • Stacey Abrams, Founder & Chair, Fair Fight Action
  • Ed Bastian, CEO, Delta Air Lines
  • Gary Black, Commissioner, Georgia Department of Agriculture
  • Keisha Lance Bottoms, Mayor, City of Atlanta
  • Paul Bowers, Chair & CEO, Georgia Power
  • Karen Bremer, CEO, Georgia Restaurant Association
  • Angel Cabrera, President, Georgia Institute of Technology
  • Chris Carr, Attorney General of Georgia
  • Ben Chestnut, Co-founder & CEO, MailChimp
  • Chris Clark, President & CEO, Georgia Chamber of Commerce
  • Danah Craft, Executive Director, Georgia Food Bank Association
  • Dr. Carlos Del Rio, Hubert Professor and Chair, Department of Global Health, Rollins School of Public Health, Professor of Medicine, Emory University
  • Geoff Duncan, Lt. Governor of Georgia
  • Jerry Gonzalez, CEO, GALEO
  • Steve Gooch, Majority Whip, Georgia Senate
  • Jan Jones, Speaker Pro-Tempore, Georgia House of Representatives
  • Brian Kemp, Governor of Georgia
  • Milton Little, President & CEO, United way of Greater Atlanta
  • Nick Masino, President & CEO, Gwinnett Chamber of Commerce
  • Sharon Mason, President & CEO, Cobb Chamber of Commerce
  • Harold Melton, Chief Justice, Supreme Court of Georgia
  • Craig Menear, Chair, CEO & President, The Home Depot
  • Butch Miller, President Pro-Tempore, Georgia Senate
  • Felicia Moore, President, Atlanta City Council
  • Jeffrey Parker, CEO & General Manager, MARTA
  • David Perdue, U.S. Senator
  • Tyler Perry, Actor, Director, Producer, Writer, Philanthropist, Founder, Tyler Perry Studios
  • James Quincy, President & CEO, The Coca-Cola Company
  • Brad Raffensperger, Secretary of State, Georgia
  • David Ralston, Speaker, Georgia House of Representatives
  • Dr. Robert Redfield, Director, Center for Disease Control and Prevention
  • David Shafer, Chair, Georgia Republican Party
  • Ivan Shammas,General Manager & General Sales Manager, Telemundo Atlanta
  • Nathaniel Smith, Founder and Chief Equity Officer, Partnership for Southern Equity
  • Michael Thurmond, CEO, DeKalb County
  • Carol Tome, CEO, UPS
  • Dr. Kathleen Toomey, Commissioner, Georgia Department of Public Health
  • Kyle Waide, President & CEO, Atlanta Community Food Bank
  • Nikema Williams, Congresswoman, U.S. House of Representatives and Chair of the Georgia Democratic Party

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


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