Gil Gonzales

Office of the Mayor
Oakland, CA

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 new approaches to an equitable economic recovery from the Covid-19 pandemic. To bolster this work, Oakland is partnering with FUSE Executive Fellow Gil Gonzales to integrate the council’s recommendations into a recovery framework, implementing equitable programs that connect at-risk and underserved businesses and workers to critical recovery services.