Juan Carlos Gonzalez joined the Metro Council in 2019, representing the northern urban areas of Washington County on the Metro Council, including Beaverton, Bethany, Aloha, Bonny Slope, Raleigh Hills, West Slope, Cedar Mill and Cedar Hills, Hillsboro, Cornelius and Forest Grove.
Born in Forest Grove, raised in Cornelius, and now living in Hillsboro, Juan Carlos is a first-generation American who has dedicated his life to giving back to the communities that have given so much to him. Juan Carlos graduated as a valedictorian at Forest Grove High School and earned a degree in economics and government from Georgetown University.
After college, Juan Carlos returned to Washington County to join Centro Cultural de Washington County, a nonprofit that works with local Latino families to create self-sufficient and engaged citizens. Today he is the organization’s director of development and communications, leading the work to secure the $1.7 million annual budget that provides for innovative youth STEM programs, workforce development services, and civic leadership and advocacy initiatives in the community.
Juan Carlos' proudest accomplishments at Centro Cultural are rooted in large scale public engagement and planning projects for agencies like Metro, the Port of Portland, TriMet, Washington County to engage communities of color. Juan Carlos' leadership in Centro's role on Metro's Chehalem Ridge Nature Park is a prime example of the forward-thinking work he will champion at Metro.
Juan Carlos will take his lifelong experience in the community and commitment to improving the lives of all residents of Washington County to his work on the Metro Council. He believes in the power of community, and catalyzing diverse civic leadership. Most importantly, he wants to create a Metro regional government that is responsive to the needs of our community.
Juan Carlos proudly calls Hillsboro home, and is a proud father of a Yorkie named Porter. He is the oldest of 4 siblings. His parents Alicia and Francisco reside in Cornelius, and frequently volunteer in the local community. Juan Carlos is a passionate fan of soccer and basketball, with a soft spot for the Portland Timbers and Portland Trail Blazers.