After 30 years of serving as chair of its board of directors, Gonzalez recently became president and CEO. Prior to coming to El Valor, he was vice president for legislative and community affairs at ComEd.
In addition to building and stewarding relationships with state legislators and community organizations, Gonzalez was involved with national external diversity initiatives for Exelon Corp, ComEd’s parent company. Prior to this position, he was vice president of corporate diversity for Exelon and vice president of diversity for McDonald’s Corp.
Prior to joining corporate America, Gonzalez was regional Midwest director of the National Council of La Raza and worked at the Chicago Urban League helping women
and minorities acquire work in the building and construction trades. Within three years at the Urban League, Gonzalez had placed more than 4,000 women and minorities in skilled, high-paying jobs.
El Valor became a model of bilingual, bicultural rehabilitation in Illinois and started the
first computer programming training center for people with disabilities.
Gonzalez is the co-founder and the board chairman of
the United States Hispanic Leadership Institute, a Chicago-based national nonprofit, nonpartisan organization that promotes education, civic participation and leadership development for Latinos and other disenfranchised groups.
Rey Gonzalez is the Negocios Now’s Community Champion Award-2020