Eric Rafael Gonzalez
Board of Trustees Member
BA in Philosophy, State University of New York at Purchase College; Master in City Planning, Massachusetts Institute of Technology; Ed. M. in Education, Policy and Management, Harvard Graduate School of Education
- Non-Profit Management – As director of a New York City-based non-profit organization for five years, Eric managed eight program coordinators and 54 program sites involving over 2,400 students annually.
- Curriculum Design – Eric designed and taught year-long, ELA standards-based, civic engagement and life skills curricula, in addition to designing and teaching learning units on conflict resolution, violence prevention, financial literacy, entrepreneurship, and economic development.
- Youth and Community Organizing – In conjunction with students and their families, Eric crafted and carried out advocacy strategies directed at city and state elected officials that culminated in a $5,600,000 budget allocation by the City for dropout prevention programming.
- Program Development – Eric created and implemented civic engagement, academic improvement, dropout prevention, and parent and community engagement programs in several New York City communities.
- Strategic Relationship Building – As a non-profit director and as a researcher working in schools, Eric has developed and fostered strong relationships with students and families, school and district administrators, and private- and public-sector leaders.