Gerardo currently serves as Google’s Head of Local Market Staffing. Prior to joining Google, he served as Counsel to Speaker Joe Straus in the Texas House of Representatives during the 82nd Legislature. Gerardo previously worked as Deputy Chief of Staff and Campaign Manager for U.S. Congressman Lamar Smith in Washington, D.C. He also served as an Appointments Manager in Governor Rick Perry’s Administration and as Chief Committee Clerk of the Texas House Appropriations Committee during the 80th Legislature. He received his Bachelor of Arts in Economics from the University of Texas at Austin in 2003 and his Doctor of Jurisprudence from the University of Texas School of Law in 2006. Gerardo serves on the boards of Hill Country Conservancy, Greater Austin Chamber of Commerce, Austin Public Education Foundation and as Chairman of the Technology Committee for Texas Association of Business.