Justine Gonzalez is a Government and Community Affairs Strategist and currently serves as President of the City of Los Angeles Human Relations Commission.
Justine believes in the economic power of diversity and the fair and just treatment of all people, and has dedicated her career to advancing policies and partnerships that promote economic and political inclusion.
Justine has served as staff to former Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, and Mayor Eric Garcetti, in addition to supporting the life-changing work of the Los Angeles LGBT Center, and advocacy of Equality California. Her successes range from providing legal services to survivors of hate violence and discrimination, working with the Los Angeles Police Department to codify its first policies and standards on interacting with transgender people, advising on the creation of Los Angeles’ first Transgender Advisory Council, and securing funding for supportive services dedicated to homeless transgender youth.
Justine is recognized as a leader in advocating for communities and building relationships between government agencies and the communities they serve - receiving commendation for her advocacy from Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti, and LA Councilmembers Mitch O’Farrell and Nury Martinez.
Justine studied Political Science at California State University, Northridge, and Gender, Ethnicity, and Multicultural Studies at Pasadena City College. She has lived in Los Angeles for more than 12 years and currently resides in the neighborhood of Echo Park with her co-parent and daughter.