Michelle Gonzalez

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Social justice advocate Michelle Gonzalez, in brief.

Michelle Gonzalez

Home: Queens, NY.  Age: Mid 30s.  Profession: Attorney.  Organization: New York State Office of the Attorney General.  Title: Assistant Attorney General.  Alma mater: New York University; Fordham University School of Law.  Languages spoken: English, Spanish, conversational Italian.

Recent professional development: Transitioning from defensive to affirmative social justice work. Hobbies: Aimlessly walking around NYC; Yankees.  Last book read: Olga Dies Dreaming, Xochitl Gonzalez.  

Personality profile: Pensive and eager to laugh.  What is your guilty pleasure? Watching re-runs of Frasier.  What natural talent have you neglected? Dancing.  What occupation, other than your own, do you most admire? Architecture.  What is your favorite place (or way) to spend money? Home Décor.  What is at the top of your bucket list? Visiting Bali.  How do you relieve stress? Yoga.

What was your first paying job? Kindergarten tutor.  What was your favorite college course? Latino Cartographies.  What was your favorite childhood toy or game? Jump rope.  What movie have you repeatedly watched? Speed.  What’s prominently featured on your home or office wall? My little bro.  What is your favorite app? YouTube

What change are you working on to effect in your profession or field?

Equality for all.

What change would you like to see in the world? The elimination of all assumptions based on race, gender, sexual orientation, and class.  What widely held belief do you reject? Trickle-down economics.

What title would you choose for the movie about your life? It’s a Queens Thing.  After your loved ones, what object would you first save from your burning home? Cold brew coffee maker. How would you choose to spend tomorrow, if you knew it was your last day on earth? Seafood feast with my loved ones in Spain.  What period in your life would you do differently, if you could? All of undergrad.

Personal motto: Just do it!  Favorite quote: “On the other side of your fear is freedom” (Jen Sincero).

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