Rafael González

Director of Community Relations | First 5 LA


Rafael González serves as Director of Community Relations for First 5 LA. He is responsible for facilitating partnerships with civic organizations, municipalities and parent/caregiver leaders throughout Los Angeles County in order to advance First 5 LA’s goals and generate broader social impact. Central to this work is building and maintaining relationships with the broader community to advocate for equity and early childhood well-being through policy, community and systems change.

Rafael has worked in the spheres of community development, local government, philanthropy, national service, civic engagement, civil rights, immigrant integration and youth development. He previously served as Director of Community Relations for the Los Angeles Dodgers; Chief Service Officer and Director of Neighborhood Community Services for City of Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa; Executive Director of Collective SPACE; Founder and Executive Director of Public Allies – Los Angeles; Director of Civic Education U.S. Citizenship Project Director at the National Association of Latino Elected Appointed Officials (NALEO) Educational Fund; Affirmative Action Campaign Coordinator at the Mexican American Legal Defense Educational Fund (MALDEF); Campaign Field Director at Coalition LA Senior Field Deputy for LA Councilmember Mike Hernandez.

Rafael was born and raised in the downtown area of Los Angeles and resides in the City of El Monte. He graduated from CSUN with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Chicano Studies and received his Master’s Degree from the USC Price School of Public Policy. He is married and has three sons.