Trustee Area 3
Ray Gonzales was born in Bakersfield to parents who were long time Kern County residents. He attended Fairfax Elementary, Lincoln Jr. High, Our Lady of Guadalupe, Garces High and graduated from East Bakersfield High School. He attended Bakersfield College where he later began his teaching career in 1965.
He earned his B.A. from San Francisco State and an M.A. from the University of the Americas in Mexico City before earning his Ph.D. in Latin American Studies from the University of Southern California. Dr. Gonzales subsequently taught at California State Universities at Long Beach, Bakersfield, and Monterey Bay.
Between his teaching years, he served in the California Legislature and as Chairman of the Assembly Education Committee in 1972. He later served in the Jerry Brown administration as Director of the Office of Educational Liaison, and was appointed to the Public Employment Relations Board from 1976 to 1980.
From 1980 to 1989, he was a political officer and labor attaché in the Foreign Service of the United States, with tours of duty in Guatemala, Barbados, Belgium, and Washington, D.C., where he served as Director of State Department’s Latin American Refugee Program. From 1993 to 1997 he served as Director of Recruitment for the United States Peace Corps.
In 1997 he returned to teaching at Cal State, Monterey Bay from where he retired in 2004. He has published more than 250 articles and his most recent book is A Lifetime of Dissent.
On June 24, 2015, Dr. Raymond Gonzales was provisionally appointed by the Bakersfield City School District Board of Education to fill a vacancy on the Board that was created when Board Member Mr. Bill McDougle resigned effective April 30, 2015. Dr. Gonzales represents Trustee Area Three.