Eduardo (Lalo) Gonzalez
Program Officer, Power
Why do you do what you do?
I recognize and have experienced the importance of empowering community to develop our leadership and capacity to take power in our hands and make change. I would not be here without all the folks who guided me and helped me grow in my journey thus far. There is so much beauty and power in community and I want to do what I can to give back and work towards a vision of justice where everyone can live in joy and peace.
What drew you to the foundation?
The foundation’s explicit priority to address racial equity and economic security in the Bay Area drew me to this role. I want to be part of the conversations and movements that are happening across the Bay Area and continue to learn and grow in the process.
How would you describe your role?
I have the primary responsibility for grantmaking and strategy implementation for the Power Pathway that advance racial equity and economic inclusion in the San Francisco Bay Area through strengthening grassroots organizing by community and faith-based organizations, building a pipeline of BIPOC leaders, and promoting integrated civic engagement and political power-building.
What inspires you?
Learning about and working with nonprofit organizations that are advocating for community-driven change as well as finding ways to support their efforts through grantmaking and volunteering.