About Gabe

Gabe is a lifelong resident of Montgomery County and is deeply committed to our County, its people, and, as the son of immigrant parents, its diversity. He grew up here, graduated from Montgomery County Public Schools and has dedicated his career to public service and advocating for just social policies.

Gabe graduated from Walt Whitman High School, received his Bachelor of Arts in Communication from the University of Maryland, and an MBA from The Johns Hopkins University.

Gabe is truly “at-large,” having lived in Gaithersburg, Silver Spring, Bethesda; and now, Kensington, where he lives with his wife Catherine, also a Montgomery County native, and their four young children.

During the “great recession” of 2009, Gabe was able to maintain excellence in the Recreation Department despite the challenges of an austere fiscal environment.

Under his leadership, the department expanded programing to vulnerable populations, and with its dedicated staff and volunteers, has received dozens of awards for programming excellence from organizations such as the National Association of Counties (NACO). Just this past year, the Recreation Department received eight national awards, more than any other Department in the Country.

Highlights of his tenure as director include construction of four new senior centers, six new recreation centers, and major renovations to six others.

Gabe is respected for his ability to forge collaborations with a wide range of stakeholders and for building innovative programs such as Excel Beyond the Bell, TeenWorks, and TechConnect, which helped close the achievement and opportunity gaps for thousands of participants and ensuring vital living for senior citizens.

Among his many accomplishments, Gabe:

  • Earned the University of Maryland Rawlings Fellowship and is a graduate of Leadership Montgomery
  • Graduated in 2017 from the national Presidential Leadership Scholars program, a collaboration of the William J. Clinton, George W. Bush, George H.W. Bush and Lyndon B. Johnson Presidential Foundations.
  • Elected by Maryland District 18 voters to serve on the Montgomery County Democratic Central Committee (MCDCC) and was unanimously voted by his colleagues to serve as Chairman, becoming the first Latino to serve in that role. In that capacity, he oversaw the successful reappointment process of a Maryland State Senator and Delegate and worked on expanding the Democratic Party’s reach to new and emerging communities.
  • Served on 37 boards, commissions and committees, including serving as the Chair of the Board of Directors for the Collaboration Council for Children, Youth and Families, Co-Chair of the County’s Positive Youth Development Initiative as well as the Age Friendly Montgomery Advisory Group and on the County’s Economic Interests Committee. His accomplishments in these roles include expanding evidence based after-school programs and helping to secure the county’s World Health Organization’s Age Friendly Community designation from AARP.
  • Appointed to serve on Maryland State Boards and Commissions, including as Commissioner of the Maryland State Park System where he helped to develop a system-wide multicultural training initiative for Park Rangers and staff.
  • Held leadership positions at Children’s National Medical Center and the Latin American Youth Center (LAYC). His accomplishments include chairing a regional gang intervention partnership, establishing a youth civic engagement initiative, producing a city-wide immunization campaign, and beginning LAYC’s operations in Montgomery and Prince George’s Counties.