Ruben Gonzalez is Senior Advisor Strategic Affairs for the Chamber.
Previously, he served as Senior Vice President for Public Policy and Political Affairs for the Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce, which is the oldest and largest business association in Southern California. In this role he oversaw all public policy issue development and advocacy for the Chamber. He is the chief advisor to the Chamber’s President & CEO, Board of Directors and senior staff on setting and implementing the organization's public policy priorities and political strategy. Gonzalez formerly served as Senior Vice President of External Affairs for The Meruelo Group, a multibillion dollar consortium of companies involved in hospitality, banking, restaurants and real estate. In this capacity, he was responsible for government affairs, media relations, community outreach, brand management and political and charitable engagement.
Prior to The Meruelo Group, Gonzalez was with Englander, Knabe & Allen, LA’s top public affairs firm where he served multiple clients as a lobbyist and ran political and issue campaigns. He also provided media strategy and served as a spokesperson for firm clients. His client portfolio at the firm included Motorola, Westfield, IBM, and many others across all business sectors.
In addition to this private sector experience, Gonzalez has made his mark in the public sector, serving as deputy city controller under Los Angeles City Controller Laura Chick and he has held positions with the South Coast Air Quality Management District’s Governing Board, California Transit Association, former California Assemblyman Lou Correa and former Los Angeles City Councilwoman Ruth Galanter.
He received a Bachelor of Arts in philosophy and political science from Loyola Marymount University (LMU) where he served as student body president. Gonzalez currently serves as Chair of the board for Helping Young People Excel (HYPE), and is on the Board of Directors at LMU’s Center for the Study of Los Angeles and the Eisner Pediatric & Family Medical Center Foundation Board. He was also appointed in 2015 to the California State Controller Council of Economic Advisors.