Gabriela Smith is the founder and executive chair of the Crimsonbridge Foundation and the Crimsonbridge Group, and has over 20 years of experience in philanthropy, education and the nonprofit sector. She designed and launched innovative partnerships in education, as well as nationwide initiatives to improve outreach and services to the Hispanic and immigrant communities. She has designed numerous programs to support children and youth and has been a leader in providing strategic guidance and support to Mind, Brain, and Education Science applications and professional development programs. Gabriela was a founding investor of Venture Philanthropy Partners and an active member of its Board from 2001 – 2019. She also served as a member of the Dean’s Council of the Harvard Kennedy School, and has been a member of the Georgetown University Board of Regents, the Georgetown Scholarship Program Advisory Board, and the Georgetown Visitation Salesian Center Advisory Council.
Her professional background includes supervising health and education projects for the World Bank, as well as launching the Hispanic Families Leadership Program while serving as a social worker in Los Angeles. In this role, she worked extensively with the homeless, unemployed, and immigrant communities, helping provide essential social, health and educational services.
Gabriela is a photography enthusiast and created The Crimson Gallery to share her work. She received a master’s degree in Public Administration from the Harvard Kennedy School of Government, and both a master’s degree in Latin American Studies and Economic Development and a bachelor’s degree in Economics from the University of California, Los Angeles.