ALMA R. GONZALEZ
Alma’s Current Employment
Alma serves as the Special Counsel for the American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees (AFSCME) Florida Council 79, having joined the organization’s staff in 1999. AFSCME Florida represents over 250,000 public employees in state government, the state's university system, and among various city and county governments, school boards, and private non-profit hospitals in Florida.
Alma’s Work History
Alma is internationally renowned for her involvement in:
· Election law enforcement
· Voter protection activity
She has an extensive legislative background having worked on federal legislative issues for the:
· Mexican-American Legal Defense Fund in Washington D.C.
· Florida Association of Counties
· AFSCME Florida
Her state legislative background includes serving as:
· Legislative Director for the Florida Association of Counties
· Lobbyist for the Florida Association for Women Lawyers
· Attorney for the Florida House of Representatives Majority and Democratic office
· Consultant to the Florida Conference of Black State Legislators
Her work as the Executive Director for the Florida Battered Women’s Clemency Project earned her special recognition from the Florida Association for Women Lawyers.
Alma’s Professional Activities
Alma has lectured throughout the state on a variety of issues including ethics, legislative advocacy, election law, and labor law, and she received the “Most Inspiring Speaker” Award from the Florida State College of Law in recognition for her contributions to the Annual Summer Law Program for Undergraduate Students. She is highly regarded among Democratic activists for her involvement in state and federal campaigns and her expertise on state and local government issues.
She has served as:
· President of the Capital City Democratic Women’s Club
· Founding President of the Hispanic Bar Association for the2nd Judicial Circuit
· Member of the Florida Bar Association’s Law Related Education Committee, Justice Teaching, and the Administrative and Labor Law Sections of the Bar
· Instructor in U.S. Constitution at the Tallahassee Community College
She has the distinction of having attended three law schools in three years – the University of Wisconsin, Georgetown University Law Center, and graduating cum laude from the Florida State College of Law in 1989.
Alma lives in Tallahassee with her two teenaged sons and her Maltese Rocky.