Nila Gonzales is the Chief of Staff for the TJPA, a position she has held since 2010. Additionally, she served as the TJPA Interim Executive Director from September 1, 2020 to January 3, 2022 while the TJPA embarked on a recruitment for a permanent Executive Director. She joined the TJPA in 2005 as the Office Manager and Board Secretary before assuming the Chief of Staff role. Prior to joining the TJPA, Ms. Gonzales worked for the City and County of San Francisco as the Mayor’s Director of Scheduling and subsequently for the Department of Children, Youth, and Families. Before that, she had a successful career with the San Francisco Chronicle.
As a San Francisco native, Ms. Gonzales has devoted her career to serving the City she grew up in, raised her now grown children in and is where she still resides today. She advocates for innovation while preserving the innate charm and community vibe of the City. The Transbay Program is a dream project for her as it symbolizes the infinite possibilities of her hometown. Ms. Gonzales is personally involved in the community and currently sits on the Board of Directors for Young Women’s Freedom Center.