Gabe is a lifelong resident of Montgomery County and is deeply committed to our County, its people, and, as the son of immigrant parents, its diversity. He grew up here, graduated from Montgomery County Public Schools and has dedicated his career to public service and advocating for just social policies.
Highly successful Public Official with over 12 years of management experience in the public, private and non-profit
sectors. Extensive experience in fundraising, event management, staff supervision, policy development, marketing,
strategic planning, and general operations.
DIRECTOR, Department of Recreation, Montgomery County, Maryland (2007 – 1/2018)
• Politically appointed by the County Executive in January, 2007. Youngest political appointee in the history of
• Responsible for oversight of large County Department with budget of $34.5 million, 3,000 employees, 41
recreation facilities, and over 6,000 programs that serve over 400,000 County residents annually.
• Established numerous new partnerships with private, public, and non-profit entities to enhance service delivery to
communities across the County and to expand customer base.
• Helped secure over $2,000,000 in grants and contributions to expand programming base despite fiscal challenges.
• Assisted with the development of Vision 2030, a nationally awarded strategic plan for capital development,
programming, and operations.
• Appointed by the County Executive to serve on over 14 county wide task forces, committees and boards. This
includes serving as Co-Chairman of the Positive Youth Development Committee as well as the Senior Sub
• Under leadership, the Department has secured over 36 National and State awards for excellence.
• The Department has met all fiduciary and operating responsibilities and finished on budget all six years of
Management as well as reached or exceeded all County wide bench marks for customer service, operations, and
• Testified over 70 times before local and State government bodies on behalf of the Department or County.
• Established several award winning initiatives including Excel Beyond the Bell, Be Active Montgomery!, and
• Asked to serve on 14 hiring panels for executive and upper level management positions across County
• Served as County spokesperson before numerous media entities and regularly appear on radio and television
programming as well as Hispanic media outlets.
DEPUTY DIRECTOR, LAYC – Maryland Multicultural Youth Centers, Silver Spring, Maryland (2005-2007)
• Assisted the Managing Director in day-to-day oversight of operations including but not limited to program
development, program management, and administrative services.
• Hired and supervised a full-time staff of 15 and additional seasonal staff of 23.
• Provided guidance, support, and supervision to staff on program management and budget issues.
• Served as agency spokesperson before numerous local, regional and national audiences.
• Helped to establish and served as Chairman of the Gang Intervention Task Force in Prince George’s County,
Maryland which was a partnership between law enforcement, non-profit organizations, faith based
organizations, and the public sector to combat gang violence.
• Assisted the Managing Director in conceptualizing short-term and long-term strategies and developing
operational plans to ensure that all program objectives are met.
• Established partnerships with public, private and non-profit entities to provide high quality and culturally
sensitive programming to Maryland youth and families.
• Promoted, April, 2005 from Director of Advocacy and Public Policy.
DIRECTOR, ADVOCACY AND PRIVATE POLICY, Latin American Youth Center, Washington, D.C. (2003-2005)
• Established protocols, set budget, recruited team and launched new Youth Advocacy Initiative Project to
increase youth civic participation and leadership.
• Worked with families and staff to set policy agenda.
• Tracked legislation and met regularly with local and national policy makers to impact social change.
• Increased Latin American Youth Center’s advocacy efforts and visibility on local and federal level.
• Worked directly with at-risk youth to raise awareness regarding the importance of civic engagement.
MANAGER, COMMUNITY RELATIONS, Children’s National Medical Center, Washington, D.C. (2002–2003)
• Conducted fundraising to secure funds for hospital-sponsored health campaigns and promotions reaching
over 50,000 local children.
• Managed web-based policy database to expedite advocacy efforts to more efficiently reach policy makers.
• Expanded hospital’s advocacy efforts to underserved communities, thus increasing access to care for
families in need of economic assistance.
• Managed grassroots advocacy effort for Children’s Hospital’s six health centers by coordinating a direct
mail campaign, organizing community events, and representing the hospital at community and legislative
• Created Advocacy Brief, which documented all advocacy efforts of Hospital with over 3,000 employees.
MANAGER, EVENTS AND PROMOTIONS, Children’s Hospital Foundation, Washington, D.C. 2000–2002
• Promoted from coordinator to manager, 2001
• Directed major campaign marketing fundraising initiatives for Children’s Hospital, increasing previous year’s
• Secured funding for fundraising initiatives through corporate sponsorship and individual donations, increasing
previous year’s corporate sponsorship totals by 60%.
• Created marketing materials to pitch sponsorship opportunities for high profile Children’s Hospital
LEGAL ASSISTANT, Dow, Lohnes, & Albertson, PLLC, Washington, D.C. (1998-2000)
• Conducted due diligence research for multi-million dollar corporate mergers and presented findings to
partners of the firm.
• Researched, wrote and filed license renewals for national television and radio stations through the Federal
Communications Commission (FCC).
• Established strong connections with FCC staff to help facilitate information from clients to the FCC and vice
Bachelor of Arts, University of Maryland, 1998
Masters in Business Administration, The Johns Hopkins University, 2005
Computer Knowledge: Proficient in all Microsoft Office Applications and Social Media Platforms.
Language: Fluent in Spanish.
• Chairman, Montgomery County Democratic Central Committee
• Vice Chairman, Board of Directors, Collaboration Council for Children Youth and Families
• Board Member, Black Rock Center for Performing Arts
• Board Member, St. Anne’s Home for Children Youth and Families
• Commissioner, Maryland State Parks Commission
• Recipient of the 2013 National Football League Hispanic Leadership Award
• Recipient of the 2010 Holiday Park “Key to Success” Award
• Recipient of the 2009 Community Hero Award from Long Branch Athletic Association
• Recipient of the 2007 Public Service Leadership Award from the Hispanic Democratic Club of Montgomery
• Recipient of 2007 Hometown Hero Award from Commerce Bank
• Graduate, Leadership Montgomery, Class of 2008
• Graduate, University of Maryland Rawlings Fellowship, Class of 2007
Q: Describe yourself on the political spectrum (i.e., fiscal conservative/social liberal, libertarian, social moderate/fiscal liberal).
A: I am a proud lifelong Democrat that is socially liberal and fiscally realistic.
Q: What is the biggest challenge facing Montgomery County today?
A: Growing economic inequality as a result of stagnant economic growth.
Q: What is the one thing – project or program – that you want to achieve?
A: There are many projects, but one is the development of a world class children’s museum and STEM hub in Montgomery County.
Q: How will you pay for your project/program?
A: Through a public/private partnership and by working with philanthropic organizations and donors here in Montgomery County.