Adan Gonzalez

Adan Gonzalez

Dallas Economic Opportunity Leadership Academy, Class of 2019-2020, Economic Opportunities Program

Executive Director , Puede Network, Dallas, Texas

Adan Gonzalez is the Founder and Executive Director of Puede Network, he grew up in South OakCliff, one of the toughest neighborhoods in Dallas, Texas. He is the son of two immigrants of Leon Guanajuato Mexico and one of four children. Adan graduated from Georgetown University, majoring in government and with a minor in Education, Inquiry and Justice, while working for the U.S Department of Education and the White House. Adan earned his Masters in Education Policy and Management from Harvard University and is currently finishing his Masters in Education Leadership at Columbia University. Adan has served his community as a third and eleven grade teacher and Director of School & Family Partnerships for the same schools he grew up in. Adan served as the captain of the Georgetown University Boxing team, and won the US National Collegiate Championship. Adan is a US Congressional Gold Medalist, Jefferson National Public Service Awardee, Coors Light National Latino Leader of the Year, Gates Millennium Scholar, and National Coca Cola Scholar. Adan aspires to make his family proud – to make a difference in the community.

Adan Gonzalez is a member of the Dallas Economic Opportunity Leadership Academy, Class of 2019-2020, one of several Workforce Leadership Academies in localities across North America.

The Workforce Leadership Academies are part of the Economic Opportunity Fellows Network, a network of leadership and fellowship programs run by the Aspen Institute Economic Opportunities Program. Within this Network, EOP connects national and local leaders from across sectors — nonprofit, government, business, philanthropy, academia, and more — to advance policies and practices with the potential to help low- and moderate-income Americans thrive in today’s economy. Learn more at

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