About Antonio Gonzalez

Antonio Gonzalez is President of the Southwest Voter Registration Education Project (SVREP). SVREP, founded in 1974, is the largest and oldest non-partisan Latino voter participation organization in the U.S.

Gonzalez assumed the presidency of SVREP in 1994, after working in various capacities for SVREP founding President Willie Velasquez and his successor Andrew Hernandez during 1984-94.

Gonzalez and SVREP have been central figures in the dramatic growth of Latino political participation across the nation. Gonzalez was the central architect of the Latino Vote USA (1996), Latino Vote 2000, Campaign for Communities and the Ten-Four Campaign (2004), Movimiento 10-12 (2008), Latino Vote 12N12 (2012) and Latino Vote 2016campaigns that mobilized record numbers of new Latino voters across the U.S.

During Gonzalez' tenure, SVREP has helped to triple Latino registration, from 5.4 million in 1994 to 15.3 million registrants in 2016, and increased Latino voting from nearly 4.9 million to 12.7 million during the 1994-2016 period.

In 2005, Gonzalez led a 55-organization nonpartisan coalition in the historic Los Angeles City Mayoral election that resulted in the first Latino Mayor in modern history in America's 2nd largest city. The massive effort combined voter registration canvassing, voter education billboards, targeted mail, TV and radio commercials, GOTV phone banks, and GOTV precinct teams into an integrated participation effort that smashed previous Latino voting records.

During Gonzalez tenure, SVREP has protected the Latino vote against exclusionary "voter ID" laws with successful legal actions in Texas and Arizona in the 2004-17 period. More recently during 2015-17 Gonzalez used the California Voting Rights Act to obligate more than 50 CA cities and school boards to replace their racially discriminatory "at large" election systems with more fair "single member" district election systems.

In 2013 SVREP spearheaded the successful campaign to persuade the State of Texas to declare May 9 annual Willie Velasquez Recognition Day.

Gonzalez is the paramount expert on Latino voting characteristics and tendencies in America. As such, he assumed the presidency of the William C. Velasquez Institute, a non-partisan research and policy institute in 1994 as well.

In 2006 thru WCVI Gonzalez founded the National Latino Congreso a gathering of thousands of Latino organizations dubbed "the policy and politics convention of the US Latino community." The NLC meet annually during 2006-12 and spun off State Congesos in California and Texas which have met from 2013-18.

Gonzalez has lectured and written on U.S. Latino voting behavior, as well as U.S.-Latin America policy. During 2004-16 he hosted since 2004 his own weekly drive time radio show on Pacifica's KPFK in Los Angeles called "Strategy Session with Antonio Gonzalez".

Time Magazine named Gonzalez in August 2005 one of the 25 Most Influential Hispanics in America.

Gonzalez has traveled extensively in Latin America and Europe and is fluent in Spanish. A graduate in U. S. History at the University of Texas, San Antonio in 1981, he also conducted undergraduate coursework at UC San Diego during 1975-77 and Masters' Course work in Latin American History at U.C. Berkeley in 1981-82.

Antonio in the News

August 2005

Antonio Gonzalez: 25 Most Influential Hispanics in America. From music to politics to business, Hispanics are remaking America. TIME presents 25 titans leading the Latino charge into the 21st century.

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April 2008

He's Taking Names - Antonio González has a single goal: to register enough voters for a record Latino turnout in November’s presidential election.

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