David Gonzalez

Associate, Policy and Advocacy

Education data is the flashlight that illuminates the road to success for all students.


David supports DQC’s efforts through the research and analysis of state-level conditions to make data work for all students. In addition, he strengthens communications strategy by building internal knowledge on emerging education issues and by producing visual and written advocacy materials.

Before joining DQC, David worked for a California afterschool and summer learning nonprofit, where he served as an instructor in elementary schools. In this capacity, he worked closely with parents and teachers to support the academic needs of students. This experience helped David understand the importance of data-driven collaboration, as well as the crucial role data plays in empowering everyone who has a part in supporting student success.

David holds a bachelor of arts in political science from the University of California, Los Angeles, as well as a master of arts in American government from Georgetown University. When he is not at work, David enjoys going to concerts and staying up late to watch his UCLA Bruins.

What is your favorite DQC resource? My favorite resource is Mr. Maya’s Data-Rich Year because it illustrates what it looks like when teachers collaborate with supportive principals to use data to serve students.

Tell us a data use story that you love. I love the story of how education leaders in Henrico County, VA used data to explore and remedy discipline disparities between students with disabilities and their peers.

If you could have dinner with three people, who would they be? Diego Rivera, Frida Kahlo, and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar.