Steven Gonzales is a Senior Analyst who works with private and public entities to guide effective decision-making in neighborhood redevelopment and urban planning through geospatial analytics. He is responsible for collecting, managing, and analyzing all qualitative and quantitative data to ensure policies and recommendations are data-driven, allowing clients to make the best decision for their residents, stakeholders, and communities. It is Steven’s goal for everyone to understand how investment and redevelopment decisions can go beyond a zero-sum game and benefit everyone in a community.
Steven has successfully managed and delivered analytical services to entities across the country in urban planning, economic development, and neighborhood change. He has worked the conditions survey for existing neighborhood conditions for over 50,000 parcels in various cities. Analysis of a conditions survey, in tandem with a unique housing database at the parcel level, informed local development entities in Cincinnati, OH, on acquisition and development strategies focused on minimizing displacement pressure. In Charlotte, NC, Steven identified underutilized commercial and vacant properties as candidates for redevelopment opportunities as part of an overall strategy for a JP Morgan Chase PRO Neighborhoods grant. In the City of Atlanta, Steven assisted in creating a tax relief program by identifying homeowners who are facing a current and future tax burden.
Steven’s previous research and data analysis positions have allowed him to experience planning and economic development from public and private perspectives. Steven has interned with the Clean Air Campaign, Marcus & Millichap, the Metro Atlanta Chamber of Commerce, and the Georgia State Senate as a Legislative Aide. Whether summarizing legislative bills, creating marketing packages to lure businesses to the Atlanta region or encourage residents to take alternative commuting, his focus has never strayed in making Atlanta a city for all to enjoy.
Steven is a first-generation American and an Atlanta native. He was recently accepted into Georgia Tech’s M.S. in Geographic Information Science and Technology and will begin his studies in the Fall of 2021. He earned his Bachelor’s degree at Georgia State University in Public Policy with a concentration in Planning and Economic Development.