Gil Gonzales - Senior Advisor, ISD Northern California

Gil Gonzales is a Senior Economic Development and Public Affairs professional with a 15-year track record serving in various strategic capacities within state and local government. He has notable experience leading legislative advocacy, public affairs and economic development initiatives while designing and executing strategies for effective government outreach and policy at the municipal and federal levels. Gil’s roles include bipartisan economic and business policy implementation that drove millions of dollars in state funding, tens of thousands of new jobs created, and billions of dollars in regional capital investment among a series of community development programs throughout the Western United States.

He possesses deep experience managing and advancing strategic public policy as senior appointee of elected officials. Gil has strong financial, real estate and general management background, working across industry and company life cycle; skilled in opportunity identification, strategic planning, business and partnership development, risk mitigation and contract negotiation. Deep network of bipartisan relationships with state and federal elected officials, including in Congress and the current California Gubernatorial administration. Effective in the recruitment, training and supervision of high-performance, cross-functional teams, fostering a creative and inclusive team culture. He has a reputation for strong analytical skills, conceptual problem solving, collaborative leadership and oral & written communication skills.

Gil is author of Government Incentives: Tax Credits, Grants, Cash Reimbursements & Financing: THE INSIDER'S GUIDE TO GOVERNMENT FUNDING FOR YOUR SMALL BUSINESS. Gil has served as an Appointee to Governor Brown in the California Office of Business and Economic Development, Director of Strategic Development for the CA Manufacturing Extension Partnership-CMTC and Vice President of Economic Development for the Arizona Commerce Authority Vice President. He also served at Senior Director to Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa in the Office of Housing and Economic Development.