team

Gabriela Dorantes

Design Lead

Gaby was born in Mexico and spent her early childhood there. At 11, her family moved to the U.S. in hopes of finding greater opportunity for her and her sister. Being an immigrant and growing up in two different countries ignited an awareness and curiosity within Gaby at a young age that has shaped how she views different cultures and disparities in the world around her.

After several years in nonprofits, Gaby joined Civilla for a chance to collaborate more closely with the people impacted by her work. She’s been part of the team since the very beginning, bringing a deep expertise in health and human services delivery. As a design lead, her team was responsible for the redesign of Michigan’s benefits application and renewals, and is now working to scale Civilla’s impact nationally – leading similar transformations in Missouri and beyond.

Gaby’s contributions span the Civilla organization. She plays a key role in operations and fundraising, and carries relationships with community partner organizations across the state. If the team is coming together to celebrate something or someone, chances are Gaby planned it. Forgot your pen or notebook at home? Don’t sweat it – Gaby’s legendary stationary collection is unrivaled, she’s got you covered.

Prior to Civilla, Gaby worked at United Way, Human Rights Watch, and the Organization of American States. She holds a degree from George Washington University where she studied international affairs and human rights.