Staff Bio: Gaby Garcia-Vera
Gaby Garcia-Vera is a Queer Latinx Puerto Rican with almost 20 years of organizing experience across social justice movements. Gaby, who goes by all pronouns, is a master facilitator, with a focus on reproductive justice, racial equity through a pro-Black lens, immigrant rights, and LGBTQ Liberation. Gaby believes in centering passion for innovation, connection, and vulnerability as a model for leadership.
“I am who I am because the hood loved me.” – Aida Rodriguez
Gaby is a 2021 Reproductive Health, Rights, and Justice Fellow with Rockwood Leadership Institute and currently serves as a Senior Advisor at Consult Catalina and the Field Director at the Task Force moving and advancing an agenda centered for and by LGBTQ people across this country in pursuit of our collective liberation. For nearly a decade Gaby has been part of the leadership team for Union=Fuerza Latinx Institute, a one day convene aimed at bringing Queer and Trans Latinx organizers from around the country together to help advance their leadership in fundraising, campaigns, and culture shift work.
Most recently Gaby served as the States Program Manager at Catholics for Choice, working to advance the moral, ethical, and religious case for protecting reproductive, health, rights, and justice as a Catholic value. Gaby has previously completed popular and political education training with Ancient Song Doula Services and is an abortion doula. Gaby has also done training with Wayside Center for Popular Education where they completed coursework surrounding interpretation for social justice. Gaby has led multilingual collectives that prioritize language justice as integral in building solidarity and extending resources to non-English speakers mostly within rural areas. Gaby is a former member of the Trevor Project’s National Youth Advisory Council combating stigma surrounding mental health and suicide prevention amongst LGBTQ youth.
Gaby has also formerly served as Executive Director of GetEQUAL and the FL Field and Advocacy Manager for the Latina Institute.