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Earl Gales, Jr.
Chairman and CEO, Jenkins/Gales & Martinez

Cal Poly Pomona

B.S. Urban Planning (1972)

  • Gales heads one of the nation's largest minority-owned architecture, engineering and construction management firms. He is a founding board member of the Cal Poly Pomona Philanthropic Foundation and established the Earl Gales Jr. Endowed Scholarship to support the university's commitment to diversity and inclusion. 
  • In summer 1958, he and his brother took one of the last rides on the Red Car — formally known as the Pacific Electric Railway — from Los Angeles to Watts,. It sparked a lifelong interest in the social and economic factors that affect transportation planning.
  • That experience inspired his senior thesis at Cal Poly Pomona, which caught the attention of Los Angeles City Councilman Tom Bradley when he visited the College of Environmental Design.
  • In 1970, Gale took his first airplane ride, bound for Washington, D.C., at the invitation of Bradley and Los Angeles County Board Supervisor Kenneth Hahn to present his thesis to the Urban Mass Transportation Administration, predecessor to the Federal Transit Administration.
  • Gales' thesis became a critical document in the federal funding package for the Los Angeles Metro Rail System.

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