Carlos M. Gonzalez has been championing the pursuit of equal opportunities for underprivileged and underrepresented students since early on. His father, a faculty member at Texas A&M University, strongly advocated the importance of diversity and equal opportunity programs for underrepresented students. As an undergraduate student there, Carlos also incorporated these efforts into his collegiate experience by becoming heavily involved in organizations assisting students of color such as the Society for Minorities in Agriculture, Natural Resources and Related Sciences (i.e., MANRA, later known as MANRRS), whose primary focus was to recruit, retain, and advise talented minority students during their undergraduate careers. Here, he served in many capacities, ultimately, serving as student president for the organization. He also volunteered in the International Student Services Office, helping international (predominantly Mexican) students acclimate to University life, as well as being a participant in the McNair Scholars Program.
Previous to coming to Cornell in 2007, Carlos worked for Duke University Health System, specializing in strategic planning and high-level contract negotiations. Before joining OADI in 2014, Carlos served as the Assistant Director for Cornell's Office of Residential and Event Services and had oversight of University Housing, Dining Contracts and Conference Services.Carlos completed his undergraduate studies in economics at Texas A&M University, and went on to complete his graduate studies in business at New York University. He is married to Dr. Sofia Cerda-Gonzalez, Assistant Professor of Neurosurgery / Neurology at Cornell’s College of Veterinary Medicine. Carlos and Sofia have two children, Gabriela (7yrs) and Joaquin (5yrs).