Bernie Gonzalez


Bernie is the Director of Boulder Crest’s Struggle Well program. He is responsible for the training, implementation, and institutionalization of Struggle Well within our First Responder communities. He began his policing career in 1983 as a Miami-Dade Police Officer and progressed through the ranks up to the position of Police Chief, serving in administrative, operational, investigative, and educational positions along the way. While a member of the Miami-Dade Police Department he obtained two Graduate Degrees in Criminal Justice and Organizational Leadership as well as a Doctoral Degree in Organizational Leadership from Florida International University and Nova Southeastern University. In 2010, after over 28 years of distinguished police service, Bernie retired from the Miami-Dade Police
Department and accepted a consultant position as a Senior Police Advisor (Deputy Manager), under the Central America Police Reform Initiative (CAPRI) within the U.S. State Department, Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs (INL). He served as the Deputy Manager and answers to the CAPRI Director. Bernie was responsible for managing all police and governmental reform initiatives under the CAPRI program and supported the CAPRI Director to evaluate, enhance, and create new programmatic assistance being delivered in Central America.

Bernie lives in Florida with his wife Marta.