You already know Gabriel from his time working with GSBA members in the front office. Now, get to know him better as GSBA has appointed him the new Policy Counsel and Government Relations Manager. Read his message below.
I have been with GSBA for three years. I started as the Office Administrator in October 2019 while I was in law school. I am now the new Policy Counsel and Government Relations Manager.
I am looking forward to giving back to a community that has played such an integral role in my personal development. Navigating the professional world is hard – no one will argue with that. Doing it as a young trans man evokes its own unique questions and challenges, and I often leaned on my small slice of the LGBTQ+ community for support. I was thrilled to join GSBA, as I saw it as an organization that platforms the spirit of communal support to a larger scale of LGBTQ+ and allied business owners, employees, customers, and everyone in between. That’s why I am most excited about connecting with community. I look forward to cultivating trust and support in order to provide opportunities, safety, and growth for LGBTQ+ and allied people.
If you had asked me in high school what I wanted my career to be, I would have answered with, “I would love to do public policy work for a community nonprofit.” I have proudly carried that goal with me through my undergraduate degrees in Political Science & Public Affairs, and my Juris Doctorate. I see policy and advocacy as emblematic of the community using its voice to support itself. Policy advocacy is a beautiful way for folks from many different parts of a community to meet, collaborate, and interact with each other in a way they otherwise may not have—this is an engine of progress. I am thrilled to have an opportunity to have a part in building those integral partnerships.
I have a ton of hobbies to keep me busy outside of work. I love to read, crochet, ride my bike, play the occasional video game, and dig in the dirt on my rooftop garden. I’ve been known to travel far and wide for concerts if the opportunity arises.