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Berry IOP Fellow: Tomás Gonzalez

Spring 2024

About Tomás Gonzalez

Tomás Gonzalez is a dedicated advocate for social justice and empowerment in Boston, with an impressive track record in political, electoral, and social campaigns spanning over 30 years. Born and raised in Boston, he is deeply rooted in the community and committed to driving positive change.

Gonzalez is a graduate of Boston College, where he developed a strong foundation for his career as an agent of change. Throughout his career, he has held multiple influential roles within Boston's local government under the administrations of both Thomas Menino and Martin Walsh. One notable position was Deputy Director for the Mayor's Office of Neighborhood Services (MONS). Additionally, Gonzalez served as an Assistant Commissioner for the City of Boston's Inspectional Services department. In all his roles, Gonzalez’s leadership and expertise were instrumental in ensuring equitable representation for Boston residents.

Outside of his roles within the local government, Gonzalez served as the political director for the Massachusetts Communities Action Network (MCAN). MCAN is the state's largest faith-based advocacy and action group, where Gonzalez contributed to advancing progressive ideals through strategic political engagement and mobilization. Gonzalez was a founding member and executive board member of Raise Up Massachusetts (RUM). RUM is the state's largest social justice table, dedicated to organizing for progressive ideals and driving systemic change. Currently, Gonzalez works as the Director of Community and Advocacy at Amplify Latinx and is the co-owner of SEED Cannabis Dispensary located in Jamaica Plain.  

Gonzalez’s extensive experience, strategic leadership, and commitment to social justice have positioned him as a prominent figure in Boston's movements for change. His work in various roles within local government, political advocacy, and community entrepreneurship demonstrates his dedication to making a positive impact in the lives of Boston residents and advancing progressive ideals.


Campus Visits

Tomás Gonzalez will visit campus multiple times throughout the spring semester to share his knowledge, skills, and experiences with students interested in advocacy, politics, and entrepreneurship. While on campus, he will visit classes, host meals with students, coordinate speaker/workshop events, and meet one-on-one with students as requested. This webpage will be updated throughout the semester as new opportunities become available. If you would like to be notified when new opportunities are available, please email so you can be added to our email list.

  • Visit 1: Thursday, January 25
  • Visit 2: Monday, February 5
  • Visit 3: Tuesday, February 27 
  • Visit 4: Thursday, March 21
  • Visit 5: Tuesday, April 2
  • Visit 6: Wednesday, April 17
  • Visit 7: Friday, April 26


Upcoming Events

The Two E’s: Navigating the Fork in the Road

Thursday, March 21, 1:40 - 2:55 PM | Vet’s Hall, Ellison Campus Center

Join us for an interactive workshop on understanding the differences between being an Elected Official and being an Employee, or staffer, for an Elected Official. During this event, distinguished guests will explore the unique challenges, responsibilities, and opportunities that come with each path. These valuable insights will help you navigate the fork in the road as you prepare for an impactful career. Speakers will include: State Representative Andy Vargas, Boston At-Large City Councillor Julia Mejia, and political operative Calvin Feliciano.

Click here to learn more and RSVP!


One-on-One Meetings

Tomás Gonzalez is available to meet with students one-on-one as requested during his visits. This is an opportunity for undergraduate and graduate students to talk with him about his experiences, career advice, assignments, and any other topics of interest. 

Fill out an interest form to meet with Tomás Gonzalez.

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