Juan Jose Gonzalez began his career as an immigration rights organizer for the Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights, where he mobilized immigrant citizens to vote and lobby at the state and federal level for better immigration policy. He then served as the Chicago Director for Stand for Children Illinois, leading their advocacy and policy efforts in the region. Afterwards, he was the Director of Youth and Education Policy for the City of Chicago Mayor’s office under Mayor Rahm Emanuel, managing a portfolio that included elementary and secondary education policy, college access, summer employment, and out-of-school time opportunities.
These work experiences led Juan Jose to his current role as the Pathways Director for the Education Systems Center. He is heavily involved in the implementation of the Illinois Postsecondary Workforce Readiness Act, the College and Career Pathways Endorsements framework, and other dual credit pathways in school districts and communities throughout the state.
Juan Jose received his B.A. at Princeton University and a Master’s in Public Policy from the University of Chicago Harris School.