Atlanta - "GALEO is proud of the work that has been accomplished by Jerry Gonzalez and the team of GALEO members across the state. Jerry continues to demonstrate great leadership and dedication towards ensuring greater civic engagement and leadership development of the Latino community in Georgia. His leadership and strong advocacy against HB87, Georgia's anti-immigration law, was certainly noteworthy," said Tony Del Campo, Chairman of GALEO.
Gonzalez is the one of two Latinos on Georgia Trend's "100 Most Influential Georgians" list. The other Latino is Dr. Ricardo Azziz, President of Georgia Health Sciences University (GHSU) and CEO of Georgia Health Sciences Health System from Augusta, Georgia.
From Georgia Trend Magazine, January 2012
"This 14th edition of Georgia Trend's 100 Most Influential Georgians includes some familiar names, some new to the list and a few that are retuning after an absence.
The process of developing the list is, for all practical purposes, a yearlong effort, but the editorial staff of the magazine begins deliberation in earnest in the summer months and comes up with the final slate of names in the late fall - subject, of course, to hirings, firings, retirements and the occasional fall from grace.
Individuals on the list - some who are very much in the public eye and some who choose to work behind the scenes - are selected for the power and influence they wield. These are the people who affect the lives and livelihood of all Georgians in one way or another.
Over the years, the number of women on the list has steadily, if slowly, increased, reflecting the realities of leadership in Georgia. The number of minority listees fluctuates, but is generally trending up.
One notable change: Just a few years ago the elected officials on the list, especially at the state level, were overwhelmingly Democratic; now they are mostly Republican.
Jerry Gonzalez, Executive Director, Georgia Association of Latino Elected Officials (GALEO), Atlanta, Age: 40: When HB 87 went into effect this past summer, GALEO was one of the most outspoken opponents. The organization, which advocates for Latino rights and encourages involvement in the legislative process, will grow increasingly important as Georgia's Latino population continues to climb."
Other people named to Georgia Trend's "Georgia's Power List:
- Stacey Abrams, Minority Leader, Georgia House of Representatives
- Sanford Bishop, U.S. Congressman,District 2, Albany
- Arthur Blank, Owner/CEO Atlanta Falcons and the Georgia Force; Chairman of The Arthur M. Blank Family Foundation, Atlanta
- Casey Cagle, Lieutenant Governor of Georgia, Chestnut Mountain
- Dan Cathy, President/COO, Chick-fil-A, Inc., Fayetteville
- Saxby Chambliss, U.S. Senator, Moultrie
- Nathan Deal, Governor of Georgia, Gainesville
- Johnny Isakson, U.S. Senator, Marietta
- Muhtar Kent, Chairman/CEO of The Coca-Cola Company, Atlanta
- Rep. John Lewis, U.S. Congressman, District 5 , Atlanta
- David Ralston, Speaker of the Georgia House of Representatives, Blue Ridge
- Kasim Reed, Mayor of Atlanta
- Sam A. Williams, President, Metro Atlanta Chamber
- Deke Copenhaver, Mayor of Augusta