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City of WhittierCandidate for Council Member, District 14-Year Term

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David Gonzalez

Assistant Professor of Public Admin
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My Top 3 Priorities

  • Public Safety: We can always be better and safer. My goals with respect to Public Safety include community-police connection, innovation, and service.
  • Community: I will make connecting people to each other and their government a priority. Good and future minded communities are connected and caring communities. Connected with shared ideas and respect, and caring about those things most important t
  • Growth: Top priorities include making sure that our business and non-profits can thrive, and that Whittier is a place where others come to start their venture and realize their dream, whether it is a for profit or non profit venture.



Profession:Professor of Public Administration & Organizational Leadership
Commissioner, City of Whittier Parking & Transportation Commission — Appointed position (2015–current)


University of La Verne Doctor of Public Administration, Democratic Anchorage/Legitimacy - Public Organization Ethics - Public/Administrative Law (2016)
Biola University M.A. Organizational Leadership, Public Organization Dynamics - Communication - Leadership Theory (2005)
Hope University B.S. Human Development, Abnormal Psychology - Communication - Teaching/Learning Theory (2003)

Community Activities

Member, Board of Directors, YMCA of Greater Whittier (2014–current)
Youth Mentor (Whittier High School), Los Angeles County Probation Department (2015–current)
Co-Founder (Director of Operations), Mosaic Whittier (2006–2014)



David Gonzalez is a devoted educator, dedicated public servant, and active community leader.

As educator, David co-established a successful high school public service academy focused on forensics, police and fire services.  Presently, as Professor of Public Administration and Organizational Leadership, he prepares public servants to be strong, innovative and servant leaders in their public organizations and communities.  His academic research focuses on democracy, leadership, and community collaboration.  Before his current professional role, David held various professional public roles, including Police Jailer, Community Service Officer/Traffic Investigator, and 911-Emergency Communications Officer.  David has been in the public service (volunteer and paid) for 23 years; 15 of those were full-time or volunteer before transitioning to teaching and researching in the area of public service.  David is still active in the police service as a part-time 911-Emergency Communications Officer.

David currently serves as Whittier City Parking and Transportation Commissioner, is a volunteer member of the Board of Directors for the YMCA of Greater Whittier, and is mentor to at-risk youth at Whittier High School through the Los Angeles County Probation Department.

David meets frequently with fellow community members to discuss concerns, exchange ideas about the future of the city, and provide understanding of our local government.  As co-founder and former CEO of Mosaic Whittier he was active in bringing community together to help others, including co-producing fundraising events for Tom’s Shoes and To Write Love On Her Arms.


What Matters To Us:

Our Families, Our Community, Our Whittier



Who supports this candidate?

Featured Endorsements

  • Octavio C. Martinez (Non-Profit Leader/Long Time Whittier Resident)
  • Neil Da Rae (Business Owner, Off The Hook)
  • Mike Kachoeff (Business Owner, 6740)

Organizations (3)

  • Main Market (A District #1 Small Business)
  • Hacienda Del Sol (A District #1 Small Business)
  • Oromill Lumber (A District #1 Business)

Elected Officials (4)

  • Leighton Anderson (President, Whittier Union High School District Board of Education & Board of Trustees Tri-Cities ROP)
  • Tim Shaw (Mayor Pro Tem, City of La Habra - Regional Partner)
  • James "Jim" Gomez (Mayor, City of La Habra - Regional Partner)
  • Bob Henderson

Individuals (3)

  • Diane Anderson
  • Ted Knoll
  • Dr. Judy Henderson

Political Beliefs

Political Philosophy

David's political philosophy is informed by his two decades of professional public service, and his time serving in non-profit leadership.  The highlights/basis of his philosophy can be understood in part here:

  • We are not born for ourselves alone (Cicero)
  • There is no greater calling than to serve
  • The People's business is unique and requires the absence of self
  • We are responsible for self and those we care for
  • We are responsible to create good in our community
  • Customer service is too low a low bar.  Our community members deserve a higher measure service with respect, dignity, due deliberation, passion and compassion.

Local government's role it to make life for today & tomorrow better than it was yesterday.

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