Matt Gonzalez

Born Jun 4, 1965

Matthew Edward Gonzalez is an American politician, lawyer, and activist prominent in San Francisco politics. He currently serves as chief attorney in the San Francisco Public Defender's office. Gonzalez was a member and president of San Francisco County's Board of Supervisors. He was also one of the first Green Party candidates elected to public office in the San Francisco Bay area.… Read More

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1965 Birth Born on June 4, 1965.


1987 22 Years Old After graduating from McAllen Memorial High School, he attended Columbia University, from which he graduated in 1987.
1990 25 Years Old In 1990, he obtained a degree to practice law from Stanford Law School.
1991 26 Years Old Gonzalez began working as a trial lawyer at the Office of the Public Defender in San Francisco in 1991. … Read More


1999 34 Years Old Gonzalez entered politics when he ran for San Francisco District Attorney in 1999. … Read More
…  He was an important figure in San Francisco politics in the years 2000–2005, when he served on San Francisco County's Board of Supervisors and was president of the Board.
2002 37 Years Old Two sources reported that Gonzalez defied Brown by walking out of the mayor's State of the City address in 2002. … Read More
In 2003, Gonzalez, running as a member of the Green Party, lost a close race for mayor of San Francisco to Democrat Gavin Newsom.


In an interview in January 2005 on his last day in office as a supervisor, Gonzalez said of his campaign, "After getting in the runoff, literally the day after, as I heard Mayor Brown and others start attacking me for being a communist and racist, well, I started thinking I was going to lose in the very landslide I had foreseen for other candidates. … Read More
In the 2008 presidential election, Gonzalez ran for vice president as the running mate of candidate Ralph Nader. … Read More
2011 46 Years Old In February 2011, Jeff Adachi appointed Gonzalez chief attorney in the Public Defender's Office
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