Agriculture Secretary Ann M. Veneman has announced the selection of Gilbert G. Gonzalez Jr. as deputy undersecretary for Rural Development. Gonzalez's responsibilities include performance and results analysis, strategic planning, special initiative development, outreach, and application of contemporary business and banking practices to the mission area.

“Gilbert Gonzalez brings to USDA extensive knowledge in banking and community development and he will contribute greatly to our efforts to revitalize rural America,” said Veneman.

Gonzalez is the founding president of the San Antonio Business Development Fund, Inc, a multi-bank community development corporation. He has been active in banking, housing and economic development efforts in Texas since 1984.

Gonzalez serves on numerous boards and commissions including, the City of San Antonio Enterprise Community Commission, Texas Messanine Fund, Inc., the Fannie Mae Advisory Council and Texas Community Development Financial Institution Coalition.

He brings a dynamic banking background to the Rural Development mission.

Prior to founding the San Antonio Business Development Fund, Inc, he was a commercial loan officer for the Money Store Investment Corporation, a business development specialist for the University of Texas Small Business Development Center, and an assistant vice president of for First Gibraltar Bank.