Gabriel is a civil rights and education law attorney who has demonstrated his commitment to helping others achieve the American Dream through his work in public service for over 25 years.
A current resident of Echo Park, Gabriel is the homegrown candidate who will continue to put our community first in Sacramento. Born at White Memorial Hospital in Boyle Heights and raised in Cypress Park, Gabriel is dedicated to improving the district he and five generations of his family have called home—from his grandparents who immigrated in the 1950s from Mexico to the Elysian Valley to his grandnephews who presently live in Highland Park.
Gabriel served in the Obama Administration as senior advisor and director of policy for the White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for Hispanics, and senior counsel in the Office for Civil Rights in the U.S. Department of Education. During his time in Washington, D.C., Gabriel worked to advance educational equity for all students from cradle to career and protect our nation’s students, including LAUSD students, from being discriminated against, harassed, and bullied because of race, color, national origin, sex, and disability.
Gabriel also served as Deputy Counsel to former Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa where he provided legal and policy advice on a variety of matters affecting Los Angeles and its residents, such as public safety, economic development, and legislation. As Deputy Counsel, he also served as lead on matters involving immigrant integration and the City’s Department on Disability, the AIDS Coordinator’s Office, the Human Relations Commission.
Gabriel’s understanding of the importance of education, hard work, and giving back to his community is anchored in the values instilled in him by his father and mother who emigrated from Zacatecas and San Luis Potosí, Mexico, started a small business in Lincoln Heights, and sent their four sons to college. It is also rooted in Gabriel’s Jesuit education, which taught and inspired him to serve others and to focus on social justice.
Gabriel attended Aragon Elementary School and Divine Savior Catholic School in Cypress Park. He is also a graduate of Loyola High School, Jesuit College Preparatory, Stanford University, and Columbia University School of Law.