Gina Gonzalez, MA-MURP, ACE, CEcD Candidate, currently services as the Economic Development Director for the City of Menifee, which is recognized as Southwest Riverside County’s fastest-growing city and California’s 7th fastest growing city in 2021.
After spending time in the private sector, in non-profit management, and in the medical field, Ms. Gonzalez has utilized her business-friendly demeanor to create a meaningful impact in the public sector, spending close to two decades in multiple leadership capacities and agencies. Throughout her tenure, she has overseen many roles including Acting Director of Community Services, City Manager Analyst, Legislative Assistant to Riverside County Board Supervisor, Advisor for a State Senator, and a State Assemblyman.
In her current role, she is a part of the award-winning Executive Team in the City of Menifee, responsible for the business expansions, attraction, retention efforts, including city industry marketing and business development, under the City Manager and City Council, that has led to Menifee being recognized as an Official “Top 35th Boomtown in America in 2020, Top Place to Raise Kids, a Top Workplace for 3 consecutive years, and one of the safest City’s in California.” Additionally, as part of the City Executive team, Ms. Gonzalez is responsible for land acquisition, special projects, increasing the city’s tax base, job development, economic diversification, site selection assistance, business ombudsman services, increasing resident quality of life, and partnering to increase the recognition of local products.
Gina Gonzalez is one of 20 Economic Professionals in California to be Accredited in the state through CALED as an Economic Developer, and holds a Masters Degree in Urban and Regional Planning, with a concentration in Community Development and Environmental Policy from California State Polytechnic University, Pomona. She received a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Political Science, with a concentration in Social and Ethnic Relations graduating magna cum laude from the University of California, Davis, and is a member of Pi Sigma Alpha National Political Science Honor Society, Alpha Gamma Sigma Honor Society, California Women Lead and is a graduate of the Robert Hertzberg Capitol Institute and holds a certificate from Cal State Fresno in Economic Development.
Ms. Gonzalez makes time to give back to her city and region and currently serves on the Santa Rosa Academy School Board, the Southwest Healthcare Systems Board, Mt. San Jacinto Community College Foundation Board, and serves as the International Economic Development Council (IEDC) Marketing Advisory Board. In 2017, she was nationally recognized by NexGenGov, as an “exemplary leader” among public servants which honors innovation in local government, and aims to bridge the generation gap in public service leadership by helping to retain new talent in the field. Gina currently resides in Menifee, with her son Elias, and their Corgi Luna Belle.