Mr. Gonzalez is the first public housing resident to be named a member of the Board of the New York City Housing Authority. Mr. González, who has lived in NYCHA’s public housing for 50 years, currently resides in the Rabbi Stephen Wise Towers on Manhattan’s Upper West Side. Mr. González is the former President of the Wise Towers Residents Association and served as an alternate member of NYCHA’s Resident Advisory Board. Mr. González has also done extensive work with advocacy groups, organizing workshop meetings for tenants and supporting activities that impact not only his development, Wise Towers, but also the surrounding community. Born in New York City to Puerto Rican parents, Mr. González received his Bachelor’s degree from Mercy College and served for five years in the U.S. Air Force, honorably discharged after reaching the rank of Sergeant of Security Police. Following his military service, he spent 33 years working for the United Parcel Service, retiring as International Team Leader in Customer Service in 2005.