Emilio Gonzalez
Latin America, Immigration, Border Security

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Emilio T. González serves as Senior Advisor and Partner at Ducenta Squared Asset Management, a minority-owned global fixed income asset management firm.  Prior to this he served briefly as Co-Chairman for Florida for Mercury Public Affairs, a leading global, bipartisan public strategy firm.

From 2018 until early 2020, he served as City Manager and Chief Administrative Officer of the City of Miami, Florida’s largest municipality. In this capacity he led all city departments, 4400 employees and was responsible for an operating and capital budget of $1.7 billion.  During this period, Miami greatly improved social services, increased its financial reserves, had the second lowest millage rate, produced a budget smaller than the previous year and upgraded the City’s bond rating.

Prior to joining the City of Miami, González served as Director and CEO of the Miami Dade Aviation Department and it’s five airports including Miami International Airport (MIA) from 2013 until the end of 2017.  During his tenure, MIA grew to host over 100 air carriers, third in international passengers and first in cargo. MIA was also named as an air pharma hub, e-commerce facility and was created a free trade zone.  In his capacity as CEO, he regularly collaborated with State and Federal transportation agencies as well as the Department of Homeland Security.

Dr. Gonzalez was the 2018 recipient of the Lloyd D. Gladfelter Award for Innovation in Government.  This recognition is awarded jointly by the University of South Florida and the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

From 2006 until 2008, he served as Director of the US Citizenship and Immigration Service – an Undersecretary level, presidential nominee and senate-confirmed post. During his time at USCIS he represented the Bush administration before Congress and internationally as its senior immigration official and led an enterprise-funded agency of some 17,000 employees and a budget close to $3 billion.

González also served as Director for Western Hemisphere Affairs at the National Security Council at the White House under President George W. Bush and Condoleezza Rice.  In this role he was the White House expert on Central America, the Caribbean and several hemispheric issues including defense and migration.  He also assisted on the US-Central American and Dominican Republic Free Trade Agreement.

In addition to his public sector service, González has additional private sector experience as the President and CEO of Indra USA, the US subsidiary of Spain’s premier technology corporation.  He also founded and headed his own consulting company.

González proudly served in the United States Army retiring with the rank of Colonel. During his career he served as a Field Artillery and Military Intelligence Officer where he led numerous sensitive operations.  He also taught foreign languages and area studies at the United States Military Academy at West Point.  Throughout his career he earned numerous military decorations, including the Presidential Staff Badge, and has been decorated by nine foreign countries.

A graduate of the University of South Florida with a BA degree in International Studies, he received a MA degree from Tulane University in Latin American Studies; another MA Degree from the United States Naval War College in National Security and Strategic Studies and a PhD degree in International Relations from the University of Miami.

Additionally, he holds two honorary degrees.

Dr. Gonzalez is a well- known and respected commentor on political, international, defense, border and immigration matters.   He has received numerous civic awards and appears regularly on English and Spanish media.  He is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations.