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Adan Gonzalez is founder and executive director of the Puede Network, where he organizes initiatives with C-suite executives to provide comprehensive college access services, volunteer opportunities, and mentorship to underprivileged students in inner city public schools. Gonzalez was most recently a third-grade teacher and director of school and family partnerships for the same elementary school he attended. He grew up in South Oak Cliff, the son of Mexican immigrants. A 2015 graduate of Georgetown University, Gonzalez worked for the US Department of Education and the White House while pursuing his major in government and minor in education, inquiry, and justice. He earned his MEd in education policy and management from Harvard Graduate School of Education and is currently pursuing a master in education leadership and principal certification from Columbia University. Gonzalez is a US Congressional Gold Medalist, Jefferson National Public Service Awardee, Coors Light National Latino Leader of the Year, Gates Millennium Scholar, and National Coca Cola Scholar.