Raquel Gonzalez is a queer, gender-fluid, Latinx government executive, organizer, and leadership development practitioner who is committed to ensuring that our institutions are stable, effective, and inclusive - and that the people who work in them are well-trained, well-resourced, and equity-focused.
With nearly 20 years of experience in project and personnel management, Raquel has led operations, policy, and diversity and inclusion initiatives in federal and state government for teams up to 1,300 with budgets up to $423 million. As a strategy, operations, and culture consultant, Raquel helps organizations maximize employee engagement and optimize efficiency and impact. She most recently directed strategic planning and leadership development programming for a fellowship program seeking to make government more inclusive and effective. Before that, she spent four years in New York State government, leading operations, policy, and diversity and inclusion initiatives for teams up to 1,300 with budgets up to $423 million. Earlier in their career, Raquel served as an appointee during both terms of President Barack Obama’s Administration at four federal agencies and The White House, supporting strategy, process, policy, and personnel.
As a first-generation college student from a low-income family, Raquel believes community engagement is essential for informing policy development and implementation that supports marginalized and underserved populations. In their personal time, Raquel volunteers to develop equity-focused next-generation public sector leaders. She is a regular presenter for the Public Leadership Education Network (PLEN) and a National LEAD trainer for New Leaders Council (NLC). Raquel also serves on NLC’s National Programs Committee, the Board of Directors of the Alliance for Latinx Leadership and Policy, and the Jimmy and Rosalynn Carter School for Peacebuilding’s alumni chapter. They previously served on the Boards of Directors for the New York State Academy for Public Administration and Latinos 44.
Raquel has been recognized for related community service as a 2022 Community Mentor Awardee with the Public Leadership Education Network; a 2021 Political Partner with the Truman National Security Project; a 2018 NLC Fellow; one of The Hispanic Coalition of NY’s 2018 “40 Under 40 Rising Latino Stars”; and a 2017 Fellow with the Empire Agricultural Leadership Institute (LEAD NY).
Raquel holds a B.A. in Community Studies, a dual M.A./M.S. in Conflict Analysis and Resolution and Mediterranean Security, and professional certificates in Positive Leadership and Diversity and Inclusion. She remains a life-long learner through active membership with the American Society of Public Administrators, the Association for Public Policy Analysis and Management, and the National Women’s Political Caucus.