GIL GONZALES is an economic development and public affairs professional with more than 15 years of experience serving in various strategic capacities within state and local government. He possesses deep experience managing and advancing strategic public policy, and his appointments include senior director to the Office of Housing and Economic Development by former Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa and a position in the Office of Business and Economic Development under former California Governor Jerry Brown. Gil also has a background in finance, real estate, and general management, and he is skilled in opportunity identification, strategic planning, business and partnership development, risk mitigation, and contract negotiation. He served as director of strategic development at CMTC and is a founder and CEO of Aprise, which helps small- and medium-sized businesses discover, access, and manage government economic incentives. Gil earned a B.A. in political and media studies from Pitzer College.
The Oakland Economic Recovery Advisory Council has identified a wide array of new approaches that will help ensure a more equitable economic recovery from the Covid-19 pandemic. FUSE will integrate the Council’s recommendations into a comprehensive recovery framework and then work to implement programs that will connect historically underserved businesses and workers to opportunities, resources, training, financial supports, and other programs to help them emerge from the pandemic on a path to even stronger economic opportunities than before the pandemic.