Gabriella joined the Economic Development team as a part of the Fillmore Small Business Empowerment Hub, bringing with her extensive experience in startup and small-business coaching and education. She has over 7 years of program coordination experience, and joined SFHDC in 2022 beginning her work with the inaugural cohort of the Minding My Black-Owned Business Program as a business coach/mentor. With a background spanning many miles, Gabriella is an Ethiopian-American born in the midwest, and raised across 5 countries and 4 continents. A global nomad, Gabriella is a relatively recent transplant to the Bay Area. Graduating from Santa Clara University in 2021 with a B.S. in Economics and a minor in International Business, she was involved in policy research and community organizing in the San Jose area during her time in school. Her other areas of expertise include event facilitation, curriculum development, DE&I, sustainable development, and international political economics.