Adan Gonzalez, Founder and Executive Director of the Puede Network, grew up in South Oak Cliff, one of the toughest neighborhoods in Dallas, Texas. He is the son of two immigrants of Leon Guanajuato Mexico and one of four children.
Adan is currently serving his community as a teacher and Director of School & Family Partnerships for the same Elementary school he attended. In 2017, Adan graduated from Harvard Graduate School of Education with his M.Ed. in Education Policy and Management. In 2015, he graduated from Georgetown University, majoring in government and with a minor in Education, Inquiry and Justice, while working for the U.S Department of Education and the White House. Adan served as the captain of the Georgetown University Boxing team, and won the US National Collegiate Championship. Adan is a US Congressional Gold Medalist, Jefferson National Public Service Awardee, Coors Light National Latino Leader of the Year,
Gates Millennium Scholar, and National Coca Cola Scholar.
As the Founder & Executive Director of Puede Network; he organizes initiatives with C-Suite executives to provide comprehensive college access services, volunteer opportunities, and mentorship to underprivileged students in inner city public schools. He has engaged with over 200,000 students and parents in all around the world through presentations, blogs and radio programs, advocating the importance of higher education, parental support, and community involvement. Adan aspires to make his family proud – to make a difference in the community.