Francisco Gonzalez is the Director of Philanthropy at National Review Institute, responsible for managing relationships with NRI friends and supporters in Florida, Texas, and the Southeast. Born and raised in South Florida, Francisco earned his B.A. in History from Florida Atlantic University, and an M.A. in History from the University of Maryland.
While at Maryland, he was the co-founder and Managing Editor of The Terrapin Times, an award-winning conservative student newspaper supported by the Intercollegiate Studies Institute (ISI), the Collegiate Network, and the Leadership Institute.
Prior to joining NRI in 2017, Francisco was the Vice President of Advancement (2008-2017) for The James Madison Institute, Florida’s premier free-market think tank. He also previously served in campus leadership and development roles for the Intercollegiate Studies Institute (2004-2007).
Francisco is the host of the Agents of Innovation podcast, where he interviews entrepreneurs, philanthropists, and artists. He is also a weekly contributor to the Orlando Sentinel Central Florida 100 Voices page.
Francisco has served as Chairman of the Board of Project Veritas (2010-2014), an investigative journalism organization led by his good friend, James O’Keefe. He has also served on the board of Rock By The Sea (2010-2016), a charity music festival that takes place on St. George Island, Florida.
Francisco currently serves on the board for AMIkids Orlando, which provides a rehabilitative and educational program for young people in Florida’s juvenile justice system.
He is a member of The Philadelphia Society and a member of Class VII of Connect Florida, a Leadership Florida program for emerging leaders in the Sunshine State.
In his leisure time, Francisco enjoys playing tennis, running, biking, reading, watching college football and Major League Soccer, and hitting the beach. An adventurous traveler, he has visited 47 U.S. states and 19 countries, including a life-impacting trip to Israel last August. However, he currently resides in the happiest place on earth, Orlando, Florida.