Leticia (Lety) Gonzalez was born and raised in Madera County and is the youngest of five. Her father immigrated from Mexico, worked in the fields and mother was born and raised in the heart of Madera near the water tower. Lety's parents instilled the values of hard work, integrity, and compassion in her and her siblings. Although not rich in wealth, Lety's family was abundantly blessed in love, culture, and faith.
Lety is the product of public schools including Head Start where she learned to speak English. She was the first in her family to attend and graduate college earning a Bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice with a minor in Sociology from California State University, Stanislaus. Lety went on to complete the paralegal certification program at San Joaquin College of Law.
While in college, she joined Phi Lambda Rho Sorority, which is a professional support group for college women focused on academics, community service, promotion of culture, and sisterhood. It was through that organization where Lety discovered and developed her leadership skills. Lety was the chapter representative at CSU Stanislaus Associated Students Inc. student government division; the president, vice president, and historian of the founding chapter; executive director at the National level; and a current member of the alumni association.
Like her siblings, Lety’s first job was at the almond processing plant with her parents. She spent weekends during harvest season sorting almonds. While in college, Lety helped pay for her studies as a work-study participant working at the college campus. Once she graduated, her first job back home was at Camarena Women’s Health Center. She became an eligibility worker at the Madera County Department of Social Services and when the opportunity presented itself, she was offered a position with Victim Services Center of Madera as a victim advocate.
For the last twelve years, Leticia has served as the District 4 Chief of Staff to Supervisor Max Rodriguez. She is a past member of Latinas Unidas de Madera and Madera District Fair Heritage Foundation. Leticia was part of the first graduating class of the City of Madera Citizen’s Academy and the recipient of the California State Association of Counties Institute for Excellence Credential.
Lety is also a member of:
- Central Valley Opportunity Center Board of Directors
- Madera County Mosquito and Vector Control District
- California Public Information Officers Association
- Madera County Public Information Team
- Madera County Intergovernmental Relations Task Force
- Madera County Voters Choice Act Language Accessability Committee
- Madera County 2020 Census Complete Count Committee
- Madera County Vision 2023 Strategic Plan
- Live Well Madera
- Madera Democratic Club