Wanda Gonzales

Wanda Gonzales
NM Supreme Court Court Financial Manager, CFO CPO
2015 – 2016 New Mexico AGA Communications and Awards Chair

Q. How did you get involved in AGA?

A. I was advised to get involved with AGA at my first job as a Financial Specialist with State Personnel. My boss recommended I join AGA.

Q. How did you choose government financial management as your career?

A. I was self-employed for many years and enjoyed the accounting side of the work. I chose government because I wanted a retirement and benefits and state government has a lot to offer.

Q. Do you have a mentor and how has this person helped you?

A. I have found that the networking side of AGA has helped in many aspects of my job and career. The type of managers that are involved has been quite helpful with issues I have encounter on the job. There was not just one person but several people that were willing to help and mentor me with my job.

Q. What’s the biggest challenge you’ve faced professionally and how did you overcome it?

A. My biggest challenge was to make the decision to get an education as a single mother. The end result was, I obtained my bachelor’s degree.

Q. What advice would you give a new college graduate joining the field?

A. The advice I would give to a new college graduate to consider getting a Master Degree.

Q. What’s the best piece of advice you never received but you wish you had?

A. The advice I wish I had received would have been to start my career with state government first and then work on a second career after retirement from state government.

Q. What the best thing about AGA?

A. I enjoyed being President of the NM Chapter. I have had the opportunity to hold various positions on the executive board that were also challenging, and good learning experiences AGA has also given me network opportunities and I hope to continue working with the board

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