The Somerville Community Corporation announced that its Board of Directors has appointed Gonzalo Puigbo as Chief Executive Officer effective June 22, 2020. “We are excited to have found a candidate with Gonzalo’s deep commitment to SCC’s mission of ensuring opportunities for all people in the City of Somerville in order to sustain the City as a vibrant, diverse and tolerant community,” said SCC Board President Kathy McGilvray.
Since 2015, Gonzalo has been employed at People’s United Bank, where he currently serves as the Vice President for the bank’s Community Reinvestment Act and as the bank’s Community Development Officer. With over twenty years of banking experience, Gonzalo brings a wealth of mortgage and affordable housing knowledge to SCC. Gonzalo has rounded out his corporate experience with leadership roles on several nonprofit boards and committees including Compass Working Capital, Wayside Youth and Family Services, CHAPA and Massachusetts Community & Banking Council. A bilingual immigrant from Venezuela, Gonzalo holds a master’s and bachelor’s degree in business administration, both from Framingham State University.
Gonzalo notes that he is “honored to join SCC as its next CEO. Honestly, I feel I will get to do my dream job and continue to champion all the amazing work that has fueled my career and passion for the last twenty years.”
After two decades of exceptional leadership, Danny LeBlanc, who will step down as SCC’s CEO on June 30, states that he “is thrilled that the SCC Board found such a wonderful leader in Gonzalo to collaborate with the Board to guide SCC’s work in Somerville during this next stage of the organization’s development.”