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 as well as 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) and Latino Vote 12N12 (2012) campaigns that mobilized record numbers of new Latino voters across the U.S.
During Gonzalez' tenure, SVREP has helped to nearly triple Latino registration, from 5.4 million in 1994 to 13.7 million registrants in 2012, and increased Latino voting from nearly 5 million to over 11 million during the 1994-2012 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.
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 an annual gathering of thousands of Latino organizations dubbed "the policy and politics convention of the US Latino community."
Thru WCVI’s leadership, Gonzalez created the c4 organization Latino Voters League in 2005, which has stimulated Latino leadership on environmental and other social change oriented ballot measures.
Gonzalez has lectured and written on U.S. Latino voting behavior, as well as Latino participation in U.S.-Latino America policy. He currently appears as a regular commentator on the Public Radio International's Tavis Smiley Show and Univision Radio's Ruben Luengas Show, and has hosted since 2004 his own weekly drive time radio show on Pacifica's KPFK in Los Angeles called "Strategy Session".
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 of 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.
A graduate in U. S. History of 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
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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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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