Gabriela Philo is the Development Manager, Elections and Institutions at Democracy Fund, an independent foundation working to ensure that our political system is able to withstand new challenges and deliver on its promise to the American people. As a Development Manager, Gabriela provides an advisory role to foster collaborations within philanthropy that drives resources to programs that protect and expand American democracy.
Prior to joining Democracy Fund, Gabriela worked as Director of Development for The Andrew Goodman Foundation, a national nonprofit supporting young leaders in their efforts to remove barriers to the ballot box on nearly 100 college and university campuses. In this role, she managed a team in raising the organization’s funds and collaborated on the development of digital advocacy campaigns, GOTV efforts, and production strategic summits. Her work in the voter advocacy space began a decade ago when launching a campaign at Bard College, her alma mater, to move a polling location on campus. This became an eight-year long fight, and after two rounds of litigation a polling location was successfully secured by the 2020 Election. Additionally, Gabriela has experience in preservation advocacy, previously working in development positions at the Municipal Art Society of New York and the Los Angeles Conservancy. In her work at the Los Angeles Conservancy, Gabriela produced documentaries on significant architectural works of renowned Californian architects Ray Kappe and Paul R. Williams.
Gabriela graduated from Bard College with a B.A. in Anthropology and Global and International Studies.