Gabriela Lemus is the Executive Director of Maryland Latinos Unidos and the CEO of Revolution Strategy, a management and communications strategy consultancy. Prior to Revolution Strategy US, she was the President of Progressive Congress and adviser to the co-Chairs of the Congressional Progressive Caucus, Rep. Raul Grijalva and Rep. Keith Ellison. As an Obama Administration appointee, she served as Senior Advisor and Director of Public Engagement for Secretary of Labor Hilda L. Solis and was appointed by Mayor Vince Gray to serve as a Trustee of the University of the District of Columbia – an HBCU.
Dr. Lemus is a passionate advocate for justice –social, economic, environmental, gender– whose career spans more than 15 years in senior strategic leadership roles in congressional and government affairs, non-profit management, policy advocacy and community/civic engagement. She has built and managed nonprofits, has a wide range of experience in building multi-racial coalitions and advocacy campaigns, advancing public policy and civic engagement. She is an innovator in voter engagement and civic participation for the Latino community.
Gabriela has a PhD from the University of Miami, where she studied international political economy and political theory and wrote her dissertation on the drugs war and the US-Mexico border, implications for bilateral relations. She serves on numerous boards. She is the President of the Mi Familia Vota Education Fund (MFVEF), the co-Chair of the Center for Common Ground, and sits on the board of American Family Voices (AFV). She serves as the Chair of the Development Committee at Netroots Nation and the Chair of the Audit Committee at the National Institute for Reproductive Health. She is a certified Climate Reality Leadership Trainer.