Gabriela joined the Everett Program as our Research Specialist in February 2016. She brings her knowledge in economic research, poverty analysis, international development and environmental policy to our organization, as well as her enthusiasm and support for student-led and community-based social movements. She holds a Bachelor’s degree from the University of California, Berkeley in Environmental Economics and Policy, and a Master’s degree in Development Economics from the University of Göttingen in Germany. Prior to joining the Everett Program, Gabriela worked as a graduate researcher for a forest conservancy in Peru, where she examined the dynamic relationship between poverty and biodiversity. Her work in the Peruvian Amazon rainforest culminated in a master thesis analyzing the socioeconomic impact of Payments for Environmental Services on indigenous communities. Gabriela’s deep commitment to social justice next took her to Iraq, where she co-founded a human rights campaign to provide assistance to displaced female refugees victims of sex slavery. After spending the last 3 years living and volunteering abroad, she is thrilled to return to California and partake in local initiatives for social change and environmental sustainability. In her spare time, she loves to do ballet, yoga, hike, film, drink microbrews, learn new languages, and plan her next travel adventure.