Raul Gonzalez
Senior Program Officer, U.S. Programs Advocacy and Communications


  • Accountability
  • Achievement gap
  • Assessment
  • Civil rights
  • Early childhood and preschool
  • Education reform
  • Educational standards
  • ESEA
  • Federal policy
  • Language acquisition
  • Low-income students
  • Minority students

Raul Gonzalez is a senior program officer on the U.S. Programs Advocacy and Communications team at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. Prior to joining the foundation, Gonzalez was the legislative director at the National Council of La Raza (NCLR). In this capacity, he worked with Congress, the White House, advocacy groups, and NCLR’s affiliated community-based organizations to pursue NCLR’s policy agenda. He also worked on several education initiatives as the director of NCLR’s education policy shop. Prior to joining NCLR in 1998, he was a legislative assistant in the office of U.S. Rep. Major R. Owens (R-N.Y.) for whom he worked on legislation to increase the academic achievement and attainment of poor children. As a teacher in the New York City public schools, Gonzalez taught writing, algebra and special education. This allowed him to learn firsthand about the needs of economically disadvantaged students. He is a graduate of the City College of New York with degrees in English and psychology.