NEW MEXICO MILITARY INSTITUTE
HALL OF FAME
Edmundo A. Gonzales 1962 HS – 1964 JC
Edmundo A. Gonzales arrived from Albuquerque, New Mexico, at New Mexico Military Institute in 1959 as a new cadet in Headquarters Company. He was a fine musician and also enjoyed sports and academics. He was the true “Student Athlete” in high school making the Dean’s List all three years and playing football, basketball and competing in track, where he picked up the nickname “Speedy Gonzales” from his teammates. He also participated in the Drum and Bugle Corps. In college he was a Reserve Officer Training Corps Contract Student, Second Class President, Vice Chairman of the Honor Board and served as Chairman for both the Talent Show and the Final Ball. He attained the rank of Cadet Lieutenant Colonel his first class year and was a Distinguished Military Graduate.
Gonzales is a member of the Senior Executive Service and the Senior Adviser to the Assistant Secretary of the Air Force for Manpower and Reserve Affairs in Washington, D.C. He provides guidance, direction and oversight for the Air Force’s Wounded Warrior and Yellow Ribbon Reintegration Programs.
Gonzales entered federal service on active duty with the U. S. Army. He also served as a federal field attorney with the National Labor Relations Board from 1974 to 1976. In 1993, he was appointed the Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Office of Labor Management Standards and also served as the Chairman of the U. S. Delegation – International Labor Management Relations and Productivity – NAFTA Labor Side Agreement. He was nominated by President Clinton and confirmed by the U. S. Senate to be the first Chief Financial Officer for the U. S. Department of Labor.
Gonzales has held various private sector regulatory attorney and executive positions with Mountain Bell, including representation in the U. S. vs AT&T anti-trust case which led to the divestiture of the Bell System. In 1997, he resettled in New Mexico and became the Director of External Affairs for the Lovelace Respiratory Research Institute, leading the strategic planning for the institute’s chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear programs. He later formed the consulting firm of El Portal Strategies, LLC to help businesses improve their processes, and was the Chief Operating Officer for the New Mexico Computing Application Center.
Gonzales is a member of many associations, including: the Federal District Court Bar, United States Supreme Court Bar, Treasurer of the Board of Trustees at the National Hispanic Cultural Center, Foundation Board at the University of Colorado, the Vice Chairman at the Denver Metro Stadium District Board, the Chairman of the Board of Directors the University of Colorado Law School Alumni Board and ten other presidential or trustee positions in community organizations throughout Colorado to include being the Chairman of Frontier District Boy Scouts of America in Denver, Colorado.
For Eminence in his field of endeavor and his adherence to the New Mexico Military Institute credo of “Duty, Honor and Achievement”, Mr. Edmundo A. Gonzales 1962 HS – 1964 JC is hereby inducted into the New Mexico Military Institute Hall of Fame.
Inducted for his Professional Eminence this tenth day of October, in the year 2014.