Sergio Gonzales is now the new executive director of the Immigration Hub— a team of former congressional staff, executive branch officials and immigration policy advocates whose works build an inclusive society for immigrants.
Gonzales, who served as Deputy Director for the Immigration Hub since 2018, is replacing Tyler Moran who is now working as special assistant to President Joe Biden for Immigration on the Domestic Policy Council. Gonzales is the grandson of civil rights leader Rodolfo “Corky” Gonzales and the son of Rudy Gonzales, Executive Director of Servicios de La Raza — a nonprofit focused on breaking Colorado residents out of the cycle of poverty.
“I am truly honored to step into this role with such an exemplary team of people fighting each and every day for an immigration system centered on humanity, justice and opportunity,” said Gonzales in a news release from the Immigration Hub announcing his new position. “As we enter a new era of leadership, I’m excited to work with our partners at every level to enact policies that are inclusive and recognize the dignity and value of every person. This starts with Congress swiftly passing legislation to provide citizenship to the nation’s 11 million undocumented immigrants, including Dreamers, TPS holders and immigrant essential workers who have kept the country afloat during a historic pandemic”
Gonzales’s resume is lengthy and includes time working as senior policy advisor to Vice President Kamala Harris when she represented California in the U.S. Senate. He focused on oversight of former President Donald Trump’s immigration policies like family separation, ICE enforcement and the decision to end DACA, the news release reads. Gonzales also worked as Regional Director for Hillary Clinton’s 2016 presidential campaign and served as Colorado Political Director for President Barrack Obama’s 2012 re-election campaign and for U.S. Senator Michael Bennet’s race in 2010. While working for Bennet, Gonzales led Latino programs that resulted in record Latino turnout. As senior policy advisor to Bennet, he helped create the Gang of Eight’s immigration reform bill in 2013.
While working as Deputy Chief of Staff for the U.S. Office of Personnel Management under the Obama Administration, Gonzales led efforts to strength diversity and inclusion across the federal government.
Gonzales began his career as a social caseworker and helped teens to emancipate from the foster care system, according to the news release. He is a Colorado native and a board member for Equis Labs — a national Latino research and digital organization that works to better understand and reach Latino workers.
“After four very long and painful years, it is a more hopeful day for immigration communities in America. And change can’t come fast enough,” Gonzales said in the news release.
His father Rudy Gonzales offers, “Sergio Rodolfo Gonzales’ recent promotion to the executive director of Immigration Hub and national nonprofit centered on the mission to reform our broken immigration system is a clarion call to our communities that caring, passionate, dynamic, intelligent, sophisticated leadership is at hand. As I am sure my entire Familia Gonzales shares my feelings, I am so proud and honored to call this young man my son. I know his late grandparents Rodolfo Corky Gonzales are looking down on Sergio with immense pride and happiness that his path, in service to others, manifests significant prestige, authority, power and influence that he will use with empathy and compassion for those who most need his assistance to live a healthy and good life.”