Raul Gonzalez joined MAPC in April 2017 to assist cities and towns in implementing their economic development plans, contribute to the development of the Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy (CEDS), and identify opportunities and strategies within the economic development program. He brings experience in managing economic and community development plans, research, and analysis. Mr. Gonzalez is currently working on the economic development section of the Manchester-by-the-Sea Master Plan and the Brookline Economic Development Visioning Project.
Prior to joining MAPC, Mr. Gonzalez worked at the Southwest Region Planning Commission, one of the nine regional planning commissions in the State of New Hampshire. During his time at SWRPC, he was tasked with creating an agency-wide public involvement plan and contributing to a CEDS comparison report for planning agencies within a multi-state region. Previously he was the Regional Services Coordinator for the Rio Grande Council of Governments and the West Texas Economic Development District in El Paso, Texas.
Mr. Gonzalez holds a Master in Public Administration, with an area of study in Public Policy and Management, from the University of Texas at El Paso.
Areas of Expertise: Economic and community development strategy, economic resiliency management, quantitative research, grant writing/management, cross-cultural communications, community involvement, and civic engagement.