Isabel Gonzalez

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Isabel Gonzalez
Chief of Staff and Vice President of Communications and Community Relations

Isabel Gonzalez is Broward College’s Chief of Staff and Vice President of Communications and Community Relations. She oversees the Office of the President, community relations and institutional events, marketing, public relations, and contact center. In addition, Ms. Gonzalez co-chairs Broward UP, which seeks to increase postsecondary access and attainment across Broward County. Since joining the College in September 2018, Ms. Gonzalez provides executive-level advisement and leadership to support and advance the College’s mission.

Ms. Gonzalez has over 17 years of experience in the education, economic development, and transportation sectors, including Senior Director of Communications and Strategic Initiatives at the New York City Department of Education, and Manager of Business & Property Development at the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey. An Arizona native, Ms. Gonzalez previously led community relations for Mesa Public Schools, and strategic planning and communications for the Office of the Governor of Arizona.

Currently, Ms. Gonzalez serves on the board of directors for HANDY, which offers life skills, education and a supportive community to youth; on the Leadership Council of the Greater Fort Lauderdale Alliance; and represents Broward College on the Downtown Coalition which aims to inspire and sustain economic development and livability in downtown Fort Lauderdale.

During her years in New York City, Ms. Gonzalez served on numerous boards including New York Needs You, advocating for economic mobility for ambitious, first-generation college students; Behind the Book, bringing authors into schools to inspire reading and writing; and Rosie’s Theater Kids, an arts education organization that provides training in dance, music, and drama for New York City public school students.

Ms. Gonzalez holds a master’s degree in Public Administration from Columbia University and bachelor’s degrees in Political Science and Spanish from Arizona State University. She is also a 2007 Education Pioneers Graduate Fellow.

When Ms. Gonzalez is not “running” from meeting to meeting, she spends her off time cycling and rock climbing. Having hiked the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu, she is now training for another adventure of a lifetime, to climb Bear Lodge (Devils Tower) in Wyoming. A consummate adventurer, Ms. Gonzalez also enjoys international travel with a focus on exploring new cultures and cuisine.