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Greg Gonzalez believes financial aid should be “brought out of the shadows” at Harvard-Westlake, less stigmatized, and regarded not as “charity,” but as a means of attracting and empowering talent. As Director of Financial Aid, Greg is responsible for making sure financial aid dollars extend far beyond tuition, ensuring that every student accesses the totality of the Harvard-Westlake experience, regardless of family resources. In this episode, Greg discusses his upbringing in Montebello, schooling at Columbia University and Columbia Journalism School, and how a career in journalism transitioned to education. Greg references Jim Moran and George Flores of Cantwell-Sacred Heart and Jennifer Friedman of Columbia University as profound educational influences.