Gonzalo J. Puigbo is the Chief Executive Officer of Somerville Community Corporation. He combines corporate and community experience with an inclusive, entrepreneurial spirit. He believes in the mission of helping low income families achieve financial independence via homeownership, workforce development, financial education, community organizing and leadership initiatives.
Gonzalo began his banking career at Citizens Bank, where he quickly moved up the ranks from Loan Officer to Producing Sales Manager. He received the coveted President’s Club Award in 2004 & 2005 for outstanding sales and community outreach. In 2006, he went to work at Eastern Bank as a Regional Sales Manager and received the 2012 Corporate Value award for his outstanding community involvement.
Prior to SCC, Gonzalo worked at People’s United Bank as the Vice President, CRA & Community Development Officer for Northern New England, where he learned and embraced the challenges facing local low income households and how to utilize equity and investment resources to bridge the gap of the financial needs of our communities.
Gonzalo is a passionate Servant Leader willing to help anyone along the way who needs help with financial services and education. He has taught over 500+ homebuyer education seminars and over 100+ financial education classes with the hope of giving low income households and working families a chance for financial independence.
He has eagerly volunteered as a leader with many non-profit organizations and was Chair of the Board of Directors at Compass Working Capital and is the current Co-Chair of MCBC’s Lending Committee.
Gonzalo received his Bachelor of Science and MBA from Framingham State University. In 2012, his alma mater presented him with the Alumni Achievement Award for his outstanding work in our local communities.
Gonzalo is thankful for what he has been able to accomplish and is appreciative of what this country has offered to make this happen. He loves visiting Cape Cod during the Summer and traveling with his wife and kids all over the world.