Jerry Gonzalez, GALEO Executive Director

Jerry Gonzalez is the founding and current Executive Director of Georgia Association of Latino Elected Officials (GALEO) and the GALEO Latino Community Development Fund (GLCDF). GALEO was founded in 2003 and is a 501(c)(6) statewide nonprofit and non-partisan organization; its mission is to increase civic engagement and leadership development of the Latino/Hispanic community across Georgia. The GALEO Latino Community Development Fund is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization affiliated with GALEO.

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Jennifer Zenteno, Program Coordinator for Leadership Development and Citizenship Initiatives

Jennifer Zenteno-Pearce is originally from Tlalnepantla, Mexico and proudly grew up in Zoquitlan, Puebla through the age of 7 before she was brought to Atlanta, Georgia in 2000.  After graduation Jennifer attended Georgia Perimeter College (GPC) and later transferred to Kennesaw State University to continue her Bachelor’s in Biochemistry.  During her tenure at GPC she served as a Senator for her school’s Student Government Association and was actively involved in the Latino Connections Club. She has also been involved with the Latin American Association since High School as a volunteer for summer camps and the Annual Latino Youth Leadership Conference.

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Leopoldo “Polo” Vargas, Program Coordinator for Operations and Communications

Leopoldo “Polo” Vargas is our current Program Coordinator for Operations and Communications. He was born in Celaya, Guanajuato in Mexico. His parents brought him to the United States when he was 6 months old and has since become a U.S. citizen.

Polo graduated from the University of Georgia with a bachelor’s degree in Political Science and a certificate in Applied Politics. During his undergraduate career, Polo also worked as a writer and senior editor for the Georgia Political Review magazine, as Vice President of the Hispanic Student Association, and as a Resident Assistant for University Housing.

Fully bilingual (Spanish and English) with intermediate German proficiency, Polo is passionate about languages. Polo sees his position as an opportunity to learn about different ways to serve the Latino community of Georgia in the political arena. He would like to share his talents with GALEO in hopes of promoting Latino rights in this great state.

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Elton García, County Field Coordinator

Elton Garcia-Castillo is our new Administrative & Support staff member. He is a native from Gainesville, Georgia raised by immigrants business owners from Jalisco, Mexico.  He received his associates degree in business administration from the University of North Georgia.

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Jeniffer Chow, County Field Coordinator

Jeniffer Chow is our current County Field Coordinator. She was born in Atlanta, Georgia and was raised by immigrant parents. She received her Bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice from Georgia State University.

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Darrick Alvarez, County Field Coordinator

Darrick Alvarez is our current County Field Coordinator. He was born in Orlando, Florida and raised in Lawrenceville, Georgia. He is recieving his Bachelor’s degree in Political Science with a concentration in American Government and a Minor in Business Administration from Georgia Gwinnett College.

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Natalia B. Dutra, Spring 2020 Intern

Natalia Barbosa Dutra is currently an intern for the spring semester. She was born in Marietta, Georgia after her parents immigrated from Recife, Pernambuco in Brasil. While much of her early life was spent in Marietta, she later moved to Kennesaw.

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Cyntia Sosa, Spring 2020 Intern

Cyntia Sosa is currently an intern for the Spring 2020 position. She was born and raised in Lawrenceville, Georgia but her family is originally from Durango, Mexico. She lived in Mexico for a year when she was younger and gained double citizenship for Mexico and the United States. She is the middle child and the only girl in her family, with an older and younger brother.

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