Thomas Gonzales (SF2013)

 

Placement: San Francisco Airport Commission – SFO Training Office

My Hometown: Orinda, CA

My Education: Northwestern University, B.S. in Civil Engineering, Minor in Transportation & Logistics

Selected Honors: NU Public Interest Program Fellow (2011-2012); Kappa Theta Epsilon; Transatlantic Program for Young Technology Leaders in Logistics and Transportation, German American Chamber of Commerce of the Midwest (2011); Rosa L. Parks Scolarship Recipient, Conference of Minority Transportation Officials (2008)

Selected Activities & Community Involvement: Co-Leader of Future Leaders in Planning high school youth development program at the Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning; Senior Project Mentor, North Lawndale College Prep; campusCATALYST Community Analyst Program; Northwestern University Tour Guide; Co-Chair, NU Engineers for a Sustainable World; Volunteer and Trainer, Amigos de las Americas East Bay Chapter

Why San Francisco is Important to Me: Having grown up in the East Bay, I cherish the Bay Area as a center of diversity and tolerance and enjoy the interweaving of Western and Eastern cultures. San Francisco’s legacy of innovation and open-mindedness also makes it a perfect training ground for young public servants, and I am eager to help tackle the City’s challenges. I hope that I can contribute towards making the Bay Area a model not only of progressive ideals but also of effective and sustained achievement in improving the public well-being.

Something Unique About Me: I started taking German as a freshman in college and became so enamored with it that three years later, at the end of an immersive year of studying in Munich, I was essentially fluent. During the year abroad, I traveled all over Europe but also became quite intimiate with Bavarian culture and have a pair of lederhosen to prove it!

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