Jesus Gonzalez

Churches United for Fair Housing
Deputy Director
jgonzalez@cuffh.org

Key Topics: Organizing 101 Trainings, How to create and strengthen movements that win justice, The School to Prison Pipeline, How organizing around housing issues overlap with other community organizing efforts, Conflict resolution training: Tapping into the collective genius in a growing or changing team at community based organizations and practices to create respectful and healthy work environments, NYC Housing Fights: Policy and Organizing Efforts in New York, Importance of civic engagement and the need to repeal Citizens United

Bio: Jesus is a sociopolitical analyst, an organizing strategist, and a Puerto Rican activist. He is a Bushwick, Brooklyn native and currently serves as the Deputy Director at Churches United for Fair Housing (CUFFH). Jesus was one of the founding members of Make the Road New York (MTR), a City-wide organization that builds the power of Latino and working class communities to achieve dignity and justice through organizing, policy innovation, transformative education, and by providing “survival services.” During his 17 years serving as a Youth Organizer and later as Political Director at MTR, he saw the organization grow from 10 to 13,000 members, and growing. In 2011, Jesus became the youngest person to run for the NY State Assembly in a campaign that was nationally recognized for prioritizing the need for police accountability and real affordable housing in New York City; with endorsements including the New York Times, El Diario la Prensa, and New York Daily News. Among his many victories as an organizer, he helped manage the political department at the Retail, Wholesale, and Department Store Union, where he organized car wash workers throughout the City, garnering public and political support, and helped community organizations navigate the political sphere to achieve passage of the “Car Wash Accountability Act.” He also helped community organizations pass the, "Community Safety Act." At CUFFH, Jesus oversees organizational development, strategic growth, policy direction, and our community organizing efforts.

Selected Speaking Experience

  • Hostra Law School
  • CUNY Law School
  • UPENN Law
  • Bushwick Campus
  • NYF SICO program