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Sergio Gonzales brings a diverse background to OPM as someone who has worked in local and federal government and the non-profit sector. As Deputy Chief of Staff to the Director, Sergio is focused on managing day-to-day operations within the Director's office, efforts around diversity and outreach and Congressional Affairs.
Before joining OPM, Sergio served as a Senior Policy Advisor to U.S. Senator Michael Bennet (D-CO) where he worked on a broad array of issues including immigration, judiciary affairs, civil rights, labor and workforce, postal issues and governmental affairs. He worked closely with the Senator, who served as a member of the Senate's 'gang of eight', in crafting the comprehensive immigration bill which passed the Senate by a large bipartisan vote in June 2013. In addition, Sergio led efforts around a variety of other legislative initiatives focused around strengthening and modernizing our nation's workforce system. Sergio served as President Obama's Colorado Political Director for his 2012 campaign and had previously served as Political Director for Senator Bennet's 2010 campaign. Prior to his time in federal government, Sergio was a social caseworker for the Denver Department of Human Services (DDHS) where he worked with teens aging out of foster care and was recognized as a Colorado Caseworker of the Year. While at DDHS, Sergio worked closely with leadership to develop and implement a 5 year strategic plan aimed at increasing accountability, cross agency collaboration and partnerships with clients and community stakeholders.
Sergio has had strong involvement working with non-profit organizations that promote diversity, equality and social justice issues such as the Colorado Latino Forum, the Human Rights Campaign (HRC), and National Council of La Raza (NCLR). Sergio is originally from Denver, Colorado. He received a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from the University of Colorado at Boulder where he served as President of one of the nation's largest student governments.
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