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Boston – Tomas Gonzalez, former chief of staff of Boston’s Commission on the Affairs of the Elderly and the former Latino liaison to the Mayor’s Office of Neighborhood Services, was named director of Community Outreach at Boston University’s Medical Campus, announced Edward M. King, vice president of BU’s Office of Government & Community Affairs.
Gonzalez, a Hyde Park resident with nearly 10 years of local community organization experience, will head the liaison and outreach initiatives for the three health-related academic institutions that comprise the BU Medical Campus in Boston’s South End: the School of Medicine; the Goldman School of Dental Medicine; and the School of Public Health.
“We are very pleased that Tomas has joined our team to further facilitate and enhance communication between the Medical Campus and the surrounding community,” said King. “His familiarity and in-depth understanding of the city will be invaluable to us as we expand our outreach and deepen our links to local organizations, schools, government officials and residents.”
A 1997 Boston College graduate, Gonzalez began his career as recruitment manager for City Year Boston, the service organization that unites young adults, ages 17 to 24, from diverse racial, cultural and socioeconomic backgrounds for 10 months of full-time, team-based community service. He then served as the director of a City of Cambridge youth center before joining Mayor Menino’s office in fall of 2002. As Latino liaison, he focused on issues affecting the Boston Latino community, including local development projects, safety and neighborhood advocacy. Since late fall 2004, Gonzalez oversaw the daily operation of the City of Boston’s Elderly Commission, whose mission is to enhance the quality of life for Boston’s senior citizens.
“I am excited to be at Boston University,” said Gonzalez. “I have years of experience working with under-served populations and look forward to furthering the mission of BU’s Medical Campus while expanding new health-related opportunities to the surrounding neighborhoods.”
Founded in 1839, Boston University is an internationally recognized institution of higher education and research. With more than 30,000 students, it is the fourth largest independent university in the United States. BU consists of 17 colleges and schools along with a number of multi-disciplinary centers and institutes which are central to the school’s research and teaching mission.