Born and raised in San Diego, I grew up in an all-female household, with my mom, grandma and three sisters. I was fortunate to attend Our Lady’s School for my elementary education, followed by a demanding college preparatory high school, The Academy of Our Lady of Peace. Then, I attended Southwestern College to complete my two-year general education requirement before transferring to San Diego State University as a top student. During the process of obtaining my BA in international business and Spanish, I had the opportunity to complete several business courses in Spain for half a year, something that has by far been one of the best experiences of my life.

Upon returning from Spain, I decided to start a career at a large financial institution while I continued my studies. After I graduated, I became a vice president and a top leader, staying in the banking sector for seven years. Then, I transitioned to Northwestern Mutual to help individuals, families and small business owners elevate their financial lives. I've been fortunate to serve as a Field Director since July 2019 on top of my financial planning practice where I mentor new advisors to success! In early 2019, I began spearheading the Diversity and Inclusion Council to create a more diverse and inclusive environment to better servce our communities for the entire San Diego Network which includes Downtown, La Jolla, Carlsbad, and Hawaii. The impact is that much greater!

I’m passionate about volunteering and giving back, especially to the Hispanic and LGBTQ communities.

I spend a lot of my time on my practice, but I also enjoy playing several musical instruments; going to small, local coffee shops with my sisters; and spending quality time with my wife, Marisela, and our four furry children (Benny is missing in this photo). 

Furry coworkers


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


Associations and Memberships

Diversity and Inclusion Council Co-Chair

BNI - Partners Reaching Success

The Academy of Our Lady of Peace

Our Lady's School Volunteer

National City Hispanic Chamber of Commerce Member

Mario Lemieux Foundation

Alex's Lemonade Stand

Human Rights Campaign Volunteer

LGBT Center Volunteer





Melissa Gonzalez

Melissa Gonzalez

Financial Advisor


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