Roger A. Gonzales is an experienced professional with various legislative, educational and executive management and over twenty years of proven success. He has represented organizations and initiatives seeking strategic planning, outreach, legislative campaigns and other advocacy strategies across various areas including economic development and revitalization, construction and capital outlay, healthcare, innovative technologies, and education.
Roger has served as a member of the New Mexico Highlands University Board of Regents and as President of the Associated Students of New Mexico, representing over 130,000 students of higher education. In addition, he holds the title as the longest-served President Pro Tempore of the Associated Students of New Mexico Highlands University Student Senate.
Since 2012, Roger has been the President and Chief Executive Officer of Gonzales & Associates, LLC, a professional firm providing management solutions and consultation services to governmental and community entities that includes municipalities, school districts, counties, not-for-profit organizations (NPOs), and has aided in the evaluation of individual client needs, identification and implementation of critical procedures, and by offering leading-edge solutions that improve their organization’s efficiency and effectiveness. The firm provides support and oversight for the Mora County Entrepreneurial Network, a partnership funded primarily by Los Alamos Connect, the principal economic investment by Los Alamos National Security, LLC and Los Alamos National Laboratory, administered by the Regional Development Corporation, in September 2013. Since his tenure, he has been successful in identifying and securing nearly $2,056,787 in creative enterprises investments, entrepreneurial network capacity building initiatives, and technical support and assistance, and equipment for entrepreneurial initiatives through his community and region.
Mr. Gonzales currently serves as the President of the Los De Mora Local Growers’ Cooperative, Inc., a 35-member agricultural cooperative designed to serve as an economic conduit between local agricultural producers and emerging commercial markets.
Mr. Gonzales actively serves on numerous boards, foundations, councils and commissions within his Region and the State of New Mexico including most notably that as Chairman of the New Mexico Rural Economic Development Council of the New Mexico Economic Development Department. He has been appointed by former Secretary Jon Barela and reappointed by current Department Secretary Matt Geisel to serve as the Councilman for District Four, to represents the interests of rural agricultural producers on both the New Mexico Food and Agriculture Council’s Executive Board and the NM ACI Agricultural Policy Committee. In May 2017, Mr. Gonzales was sworn in as a newly appointed member of the United States Senate Republican Taskforce on Hispanic Affairs in Washington, D.C and in September 2018, he was appointed to the Leadership Council of the National Small Business Association (NSBA).