Gabriel joined the Metropolitan Planning Council in March 2017. As a writer with a background in journalism and interest in culture, he leads with an innovative and inclusive worldview that's necessary in the creation of meaningful social change. He brings his storytelling experience to the Marketing Associate position, helping shape content that supports MPC's work and managing the organization's public profile.
Prior to MPC, Gabriel spent years advancing the conversation surrounding social justice and equity as a reporter and content creator for various media outlets and cultural organizations. Most recently, he served as the Assistant Editor of The New York Times Upfront, a newsmagazine for high school students published by Scholastic. During his tenure, he helped the publication build a network of expert sources and repackage its content for the digital space. He also received accolades for his coverage of national issues, including a feature story that examined the contentious debate around concussions in football and the sport's safety.
Gabriel received his master’s in journalism from Columbia University and his bachelor's in communications from DePaul University. A Chicago native, he grew up in the South Side's Chicago Lawn neighborhood. He currently lives in Pilsen. He's passionate about creating narratives that humanize those who live on the margins, and committed to building a better and more sustainable future for all Chicagoans.
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Areas of expertise
- Content and Branding Development
- Social Media
- Cultural and Social Issues
M.S. in Journalism, Columbia University
B.A. in Communications, with a concentration in Journalism, DePaul University