Gabriela Torres is the Deputy Director, Transformation at Scale on the Postsecondary Success Team at the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. She leads the team in working with partners across the country to understand, implement, learn from, and share evidence-based transformation that leads to success at scale. Gabriela appreciates that the strategy she is responsible for recognizes that postsecondary success is crucial to economic and social mobility, and that it is not acceptable that some students – especially Black, Indigenous, Latinx, and low-income students—face specific and systemic barriers that prevent them from realizing the full value of postsecondary education.
Gabriela still considered herself an honorary student affairs professional at heart, with the learnings from her time in student facing roles driving her leadership and decision making to-date. Prior to her time at the foundation she’s held roles including Migrant Education Tutor with for the Indiana Department of Education, Assistant Director of Campus Life for Multicultural and Leadership Programs at Saint Xavier University, Latino Knowledge Community Representative for NASPA, Graduate Research Assistant in the Office of Evaluation and Educational Effectiveness at Arizona State University and Senior Director of Postsecondary Support at OneGoal, the nation’s only teacher-led college persistence organization. Gabriela holds a Master degree in Higher and Postsecondary Education from Arizona State University and a BA in Hispanic Studies from Boston College.
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