Politic365

 
 


Gamechanger

11:30am November 20, 2012

Melody Gonzales

Melody_Gonzales

Name: Melody Gonzales

Title/Occupation: Co-Founder/Director of Member Outreach

Organization:  The New Latino Movement /  House Democratic Caucus Vice Chair Xavier Becerra

What Makes The Person A Game Changer:  

Melody Gonzales just completed serving on President Barack Obama’s re-election campaign as the Latino Vote director in the battleground state of Virginia. Some of Melody’s past campaign experiences include working for the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee and Arizona Democratic Party as a GOTV Director supporting Congressman Raul Grijalva’s 2010 re-election and working for Barack Obama’s presidential campaign in 2008 — volunteering in six other states, D.C. and Puerto Rico then working full-time  as a Latino Canvass Director in Greeley, Colorado.

Prior to joining the President’s 2012 campaign team, Melody Gonzales spent six years in Congress working for Congressman Xavier Becerra. She began as a legislative assistant handling a range of policy issues including telecommunications, judiciary, and the Congressional Hispanic Caucus. In 2009, Melody was promoted to serve as Director of Member Outreach in the Congressman’s House Democratic Caucus Vice Chair’s office, where she served as a leadership advisor on the House floor and helped manage a team providing constituency outreach, research and messaging support to Democratic Members of the House of Representatives.  Her favorite issues on the Hill included helping Becerra, a regent at the Smithsonian Institution, build support for a museum that honors American Latinos and helping him advance a judiciary committee bill that he co-authored with the late Senator Edward Kennedy.

Passionate about helping strengthen diversity in the political pipeline, Melody is known for helping others engage in policy and political work. As the elected Vice President of the Congressional Hispanic Staff Association in 2007 she helped pen the group’s diversity initiative to help recruit and retain new congressional staff.  As part of the wave of energized young people that worked the 2008 presidential cycle, she brought together Latino Obama campaign alumni to found The New Latino Movement, a volunteer-based organization whose mission is to engage, train, empower and connect progressive Latinos through online and on-the-ground strategies. Melody has also been active in encouraging young Latino professionals to get involved in fundraising, through low dollar fundraising for charitable causes and through political efforts like the Young Latino Professionals for Obama (2008) and the Obama campaign’s Gen44 and Futuro44 programs in 2012.

After graduating from the University of California San Diego, Gonzales started her career working for her local chamber of commerce managing the city’s leadership program and serving as General Manager of the Chula Vista Convention and Visitors Bureau a writer. She also worked as a writer and assistant producer for San Diego’s NBC News affiliate before leaving to attend graduate school at Georgetown.

Over the years, Melody has been named in The Huffington Post as one of the “Top Latino Voices to Follow on Twitter” (in 2012), a young alumni of year awardee at UCSD (in 2010) and one The Hill’s “Most Beautiful People on Capitol Hill” (in 2008).



About the Author

Politic365 Staff
The staff of Politic365.




 
 

 
WalkerLegacyFlyer

Walker’s Legacy Hosts 2nd Annual Awards Brunch During ESSENCE Music Festival Weekend

In 2009 Walker’s Legacy – named as an homage to Madam C. J. Walker - was founded as an entrepreneurial association for women of color across America. Today, the national collective aimed at uplifting women in busi...
by Politic365 Staff
0

 
 
HRC1

July 31: Hillary Clinton to Speak at National Urban League Conference

On July 31, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton will address the National Urban League in Fort Lauderdale, Fl. at their annual conference.  So far in the early 2016 campaign for the White House, Clinton has been vocal a...
by Lauren Victoria Burke
0

 
 
box

Black Unemployment Rate Falls to 9.5% in June from Double Digits in May

Black unemployment drops to 9.5%.  It was 10.4 percent in December 2014 and 10.2 percent in May of 2015 but now Black unemployment is at 9.5 percent for June, according to the Department of Labor. The overall jobless rate for ...
by Lauren Victoria Burke
0

 

Advertisement
 
5440604654_42e18de586_b

Macy’s severs ties to Donald Trump over anti-Mexican remarks

Macy’s department store became the latest business to disassociate itself from GOP presidential candidate and real estate mogul Donald Trump over his anti-Mexican comments. A few weeks ago in making his announcement as a ...
by Adriana Maestas
0

 
 
koch

This is What it Sounds Like When the Koch Brothers Support Justice Reform

Think of the famous motto of the Black Caucus, “no permanent enemies only permanent interests,” as you think of the Koch Brothers supporting a criminal justice reform bill that rolls back over criminalization.  It ...
by Lauren Victoria Burke
1

 




0 Comments


Be the first to comment!


Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

You may use these HTML tags and attributes: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <strike> <strong>