Jose Gonzalez

Director of Academic Outreach


Holding a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science from UC Berkeley, Jose is the first member of his family to attend higher education. Jose was born in El Salvador, and raised in San Mateo. Not only has the San Mateo Youth Foundation (SMYF) help Jose enter college, but the foundation has also inspired him to pursue a career in the education field. Jose hopes to attend graduate school to pursue a Master’s degree in Education Administration and a teaching credential to teach high school English or History. One day, Jose hopes to become a high school principal to spread the inspiration and hope instilled upon him through his peers and mentors of SMYF. The same hope and inspiration that has allowed him to attend and graduate from college, which is the primary reason why Jose chose to remain active with the foundation. Currently, Jose works as Unit Director for Center for a New Generation (CNG)–an elementary after-school program in Redwood City in partnership with the Boys and Girls Club of the Peninsula.