Clackamas County Leadership Academy

Marc Gonzales Marc Gonzales

Department: Finance
Job Title: Director, Department of Finance
Location: PSB
Years w/ County: 26

Favorite quote:
“Character is like a tree and reputation like its shadow. The shadow is what we think of it; the tree is the real thing.” –
Abraham Lincoln

A brief introduction:
Marc Gonzales has been Chief Financial Officer for Clackamas County and several of its affiliated agencies since January 1995. He joined Clackamas County as an Accountant in 1984. Marc is a past President and past board member of the Oregon Municipal Finance Officers Association. A resident of the City of Portland, he currently is serving a sixth term as a citizen volunteer on Multnomah County’s Investment Advisory Board. Marc received his BA degree in Business Administration/Accounting from Portland State University in 1983 and his MBA from University of Oregon in June 1996. He is serving a second term as a member of the national Government Finance Officers Association’s (GFOA) Standing Committee on Governmental Budgeting and Fiscal Policy and will join GFOA’s Executive Board in May 2011. Marc is a tennis player, beekeeper, reader, cook, husband and father.

Why I am interested in serving as an advisor:
My career with the County has been marked by moments of opportunity, for which I was lucky enough to be prepared by good mentors so I could advance my learning and job enrichment. If I’m able to help another person do the same, I will feel fulfilled as an advisor. I also feel that this is a great learning opportunity for me; to be able to get insight into what makes success meaningful for another individual in terms of their talents, hopes and dreams as well as their career aspirations. The best working life is one in which sometimes you gain more than you give, and at times the opposite happens - you give back in gratitude, for the things that work with a purpose affords you.

My strengths in leadership are:
Recognizing talent in others; seeing the long view of the path; clear and economical communication; institutional knowledge from years of experience; learning from observing and listening.