Biography

Francisco Gonzalez is living the Florida dream. Born and raised in South Florida, Francisco graduated from St. Thomas Aquinas High School in Fort Lauderdale, earned his B.A. in history at Florida Atlantic University, and an M.A. in History at 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.

Francisco is the Director of Philanthropy at National Review Institute, a “journalistic think tank” that supports the talent and complements the mission of National Review magazine and preserves the legacy of their founder, William F. Buckley, Jr.

Francisco is the founder and host of the Agents of Innovation podcast, where he interviews entrepreneurs, philanthropists, and artists. The podcast can be found on iTunes, Stitcher, and Soundcloud.

Francisco has also served as the Vice President of Advancement for The James Madison Institute, Florida’s premier free-market think tank, with headquarters in Tallahassee, Florida. Francisco directed the Institute’s fundraising and development outreach from 2008-2017.

From 2004-2007, Francisco was the Director of Membership and Campus Leadership and later, a development officer, at the Intercollegiate Studies Institute, an organization devoted to “Educating for Liberty” on America’s college campuses

In 2008, he co-authored the book, Who is the Real Barack Obama? For the rising generation; by the rising generation. He was also the primary organizer of the Tallahassee Tea Party, which brought together more than 2,000 people to Florida’s historic state capitol for a “Tax Day” tea party on April 15, 2009.

Francisco currently serves on the Central Florida Board of Advisors for The Children’s Movement of Florida. He has previously served on the Board of Directors of Rock By The Sea and was Chairman of the Board of Project Veritas, an investigative journalism organization led by his good friend James O’Keefe.

In his leisure time, Francisco enjoys playing tennis, watching college football and Major League Soccer, reading, running, working out, and hitting the beach.

Francisco is also an avid traveler. To date, he has visited 44. U.S. States and 13 foreign countries. However, he currently resides in the happiest place on earth, Orlando, Florida.