Rafael González serves as Director of Community Relations for the Los Angeles Dodgers. He is responsible for day-to-day management of the Organization’s Community Relations Department, including creating a proactive presence in the community; implementing community outreach strategies, establishing partnerships with local and regional leadership, and identifying most effective uses of the Organization’s resources within the community. The Dodgers are dedicated to supporting a culture of winning baseball, providing a first-class, fan-friendly experience at Dodger Stadium, and building a strong partnership with the community.
For the past 24 years, Rafael has worked in the spheres of community organizing, local government, national service, civic engagement, civil rights & immigration reform advocacy. Prior to the Los Angeles Dodgers, Rafael was appointed Chief Service Officer by Mayor Antonio R. Villaraigosa to develop & lead his “We Serve LA” civic engagement initiative in the City of Los Angeles; as well as his Director of Neighborhood & Community Services where he directing the Mayor’s community relations team and establishing community partnerships.
Rafael previously served as Founder & Executive Director at Collective SPACE; Founder & Executive Director at Public Allies – Los Angeles; Director of Civic Education & U.S. Citizenship Project Director at the National Association of Latino Elected & Appointed Officials (NALEO); Affirmative Action Campaign Coordinator at the Mexican American Legal Defense & Educational Fund (MALDEF); & Campaign Field Director at Coalition LA.
Rafael was born and raised in the downtown area of Los Angeles.
He graduated from Cal State University at Northridge in 1989 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Chicano Studies/Social Studies. He is married & has three
When I think of the challenges facing our youth in their pursuit of higher education I think of the many resourceful ways they find to overcome these hurdles. It’s their determination to find a means that constantly inspires me regardless of what their final grades were, or their economic and immigration status. That is why the Hispanic Scholarship Fund is such an important part of our community and the reason I’m involved with HSF.