Gabriela works on the State Relations team cultivating relationships to support the education priorities of education commissioners across the nation. She is the liaison for Arizona, Colorado, the District of Columbia, Florida, Maryland, New Mexico, Puerto Rico, Texas and Utah. Prior to joining Education Commission of the States, Gabriela supported community relations at KIPP Colorado Schools and supported constituent advocacy for a U.S. Senator. She has practiced advocacy and community engagement in her professional and personal capacity for the last five years. Gabriela believes that education and its institutions offer the power for states to provide essential recognition, resources, and solutions to their constituents.