Professional

Background

Melissa Gonzalez was born and raised in San Diego in a home filled with three generations of women. After graduating from San Diego State University with a business degree, she started her career in banking at a nationwide financial institution.

“I loved my career at the bank,” Gonzalez says. “I had a lot of success managing a branch for four years but eventually I wanted to have more control over how I helped people with their finances.”

Gonzalez’s own financial advisor at the time encouraged her to join Northwestern Mutual. “I was afraid of making such a big change, but one day I realized that I needed to bet on myself,” she says. “So I agreed to have the conversation and decided to take the leap. The other big draw was that owning my own business would give me the freedom to manage how I spent my time.”

Today, Gonzalez lives in San Diego with her wife, Marisela, and their two dogs and two cats. Below, she shares some of her earliest memories around money, the biggest concerns she’s hearing from LGBTQ+ clients and the importance of trust in her relationships with clients.

Furry coworkers

Professional 

Bachelor of Arts in International Business and Spanish — San Diego State University

https://www.sdsu.edu/

Financial Advisor Melissa Gonzalez on What Financial Freedom Means to Her

https://www.northwesternmutual.com/life-and-money/financial-advisor-melissa-gonzalez-on-what-financial-freedom-means-to-her/ 

Associations and Memberships

Diversity and Inclusion Council Co-Chair

https://www.northwesternmutual.com/our-commitment-to-diversity/

BNI - Partners Reaching Success

https://www.bni.com/find-a-chapter?address=91950

The Academy of Our Lady of Peace

https://www.aolp.org/

Our Lady's School Volunteer

http://www.olssd.org/

National City Hispanic Chamber of Commerce Member

http://www.nationalcitychamber.org/

Mario Lemieux Foundation

https://mariolemieux.org/

Alex's Lemonade Stand

https://www.alexslemonade.org/

Human Rights Campaign Volunteer

https://www.hrc.org/local-issues/community/san-diego

LGBT Center Volunteer

http://thecentersd.org/https://www.sdsu.edu/

 


 

 

 

Years of Experience

Representing Northwestern Mutual since 2017.

Melissa Gonzalez

Melissa Gonzalez

Financial Advisor

 

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