Angelo Gonzales, DNHS Class of 1994, is Executive Director of Mission: Graduate, a cradle-to-career education partnership in Central New Mexico. The organization is committed to producing 60,000 new graduates with college degrees and certificates by 2020. Through its’ career exploration initiative, more than 11,500 career opportunities have been identified in the last year and is expected to grow to 20,000 by August. Read more about the program and Angelo’s report to the Economic Forum of Albuquerque in Rick Nathanson’s article “Economic Forum gets update on “Mission: Graduate”” in the Albuquerque Journal.
Dr. Gonzales is also a Research Assistant Professor and Associate Director of the University of New Mexico (UNM) Center for Education Policy Research; past chair of the New Mexico AfterSchool Alliance Leadership Council; president of the board of the Albuquerque Teacher Federation’s Teacher Leadership Foundation; and board chair of the New Mexico Learning Alliance. He earned his Ph.D. and M.A. in political science from the University of California at Berkeley, and holds a B.A. in chemistry from Pomona College. Dr. Gonzales was born and raised in New Mexico, graduated from Del Norte High School and is a founding member, treasurer, and past president of the DNHS AlumKnights.