Jerry Gonzalez

Jerry Gonzalez is the founder and CEO of the Georgia Association of Latino Elected Officials (GALEO) and the GALEO Latino Community Development Fund. Gonzalez has been named one of “Georgia’s 100 Most Influential” by Georgia Trend Magazine. GALEO’s mission is to increase civic engagement and leadership development of the Latino/Hispanic community across Georgia.

Previously Gonzalez worked with the Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund (MALDEF) as a Legislative Policy Analyst, focusing on immigrants’ rights issues at the Georgia General Assembly and across the Southeast. In part through his efforts, DeKalb County became the largest municipality to accept the Mexican Matricula Consular ID card as a form of identification for Mexican nationals in DeKalb County. He also advocated toward the passage of a new Georgia flag without the confederate battle emblem.

During the 2010 Census, Gonzalez advocated for strong participation of the Latino community in Georgia. Gonzalez and GALEO were also involved in fighting the passage of Georgia’s HB 87, an anti-immigration piece of legislation.

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Founder, Executive Director of Georgia Association of Latino Elected Officials

Areas of Expertise: Latino Issues, Immigration, Politics, Latino Vote, Latino Politics,Leadership Development, Civil Rights, Voting Rights, Gay Rights, Marriage Equality

Location: Atlanta, GA
Contact Info:

Office: (404) 745-2580

Email: jerry@galeo.org
Twitter: @JerryGonzalez93

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Added in June 2013. Last updated January 2021.

Veronica Vargas Stidvent

Veronica (Ronnye) Vargas Stidvent can speak about law, politics, and policy trends in the Hispanic community. She is the Executive Director of The Center for Women in Law at The University of Texas at Austin. Stidvent has held roles in both federal government and higher education in Texas. She is also President of Stidvent Partners, a consulting firm founded in 2013.

After receiving a bachelor’s degree from UT and a law degree from Yale, Stidvent went on to serve as President George W. Bush’s special assistant for policy. She has also worked as assistant secretary for policy at the U.S. Department of Labor and as a policy advisor in the Office of Managements and Budget’s Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs. In 2016, Stidvent was appointed to the State of Texas Governor’s Advisory Council on Cultural Affairs.


Chancellor of Western Governors University (WGU) Texas

Areas of Expertise: Immigration Policy and Reform, Latino Politics, Law, Business, Hispanic Culture and Identity, Hispanic Leadership

Location: Austin, TX

Contact Information:
Email:
Ronnye.Stidvent@Dimensional.com, centerforwomeninlaw@law.utexas.edu
Phone:
(512) 673-3878
Phone (CWL office): (512) 232-5166

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Added January 2013. Last updated January 2021.