The son of a single mother and grandson of farmworkers, Gilbert is a proud product of local public schools, including the community college system. Gilbert is running for State Center Community College District Board of Trustees in Fresno, CA because he knows firsthand that a quality, affordable education is a ticket to the middle class for working families. He has dedicated his career to public service, fighting to secure millions of dollars in state and federal investments for underserved communities in California's Central Valley. As Trustee, he will use that fighting spirit to keep community colleges affordable and accessible, to give more students a pathway to earn a degree or start a career. Gilbert will work to tackle the rising cost of textbooks and advocate for increased state funding for California Community Colleges. He will work to address food insecurity among students and pursue affordable student housing options. Gilbert will also fight to increase course sections, dual enrollment programs, and career technical education to help students get ahead and learn the skills needed for today’s job market.