Gil Coronado

Gil Coronado


After nomination by President Bill Clinton and following confirmation by the United States Senate, Gil Coronado was appointed as the ninth Director of the Selective Service System on October 7, 1994. He held this post until May 24th, 2001. He was directly responsible to the President for the management of the Selective Service System and provided leadership to Agency directorates, region Directors and the Data Management Center. Additionally, he directed the Agency’s local and nation 180 Federal employees, 11,000 Board members, 56 Presidentially-appointed State Directors, and 450 Reserve Officers.

Prior to his appointment, Gil Coronado served as Deputy Assistant Secretary at the Department of Veterans Affairs. He also served on the President’s Transition Team in the Department of Defense. He is currently the Vice-President, Kondor Films Production. He is a graduate of the Masters Leadership Program (MLP) in San Antonio, Texas, Class IV. Commissioned Admiral in Texas Navy(1998).

Gil Coronado enlisted in the Air Force at age 16 and retired with the rank of Colonel after a career, which spanned 30 years, and was recognized with over 35 awards and decorations, to include the Legion of Merit and Bronze Star. He served in Southeast Asia during the Vietnam War, and has completed tours in Panama, Germany and Spain. Additionally, he was a U.S. member of the Inter-American Defense Board in Washington, D.C. Named a “Legend” at Sidney Lanier High School, San Antonio, Texas.

As a longtime crusader on behalf of Latino issues in America, Gil Coronado was the initiating force and guiding hand in the movement for the creation of National Hispanic Heritage Month designated by Congress in 1988. At a White House ceremony, President Reagan described him as a “stout defender of his Hispanic Heritage and the United States of America”.

Gil Coronado has been interviewed and profiled on numerous occasions by all the major radio and television networks throughout the United States. He has been a frequent guest on the Hispanic Univision and Telemundo national television networks and has been featured in several lengthy CNN and C-Span reports.

Colonel Coronado continues to be honored by many social and patriotic organizations for his continued leadership in the Hispanic community. Active in civic endeavors, he holds the President’s Award from the League of United Latin American Citizens. He is also the Chairman and founder of Heroes and Heritage and a member of the National Consortium for Educational Access.

A native of San Antonio, Texas, Gil Coronado has a Bachelor of Arts degree from Our Lady of the Lake University and is a graduate of several U.S. government and military service schools. He is married to the former Helen Zepeda. They have one daughter, three sons, and three granddaughters.

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