Gabriela is originally from New Jersey and earned a BS in Marine Sciences at Stockton University. Her first experiences with NOAA were when she worked for the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection on the Access Point Angler Intercept Survey (APAIS) program, assessing local fish stocks along the coast of her home state of New Jersey. Interested in understanding how fisheries were regulated in that area, she decided to pursue a law degree at Vermont Law School, where her interests expanded to international and foreign ocean governance. She participated in several international environmental negotiations and returned to NOAA as a legal intern with the Office of General Counsel, International Section. Once graduating with her law degree, she rejoined NOAA Fisheries as a Fishery Policy Analyst in the NMFS Office of Policy in Silver Spring, MD. Her portfolio consists mainly of aquaculture policy development and strategic planning. She is the Branch Chief of the Aquaculture Systems and Ecology Branch at the NEFSC Milford Lab in Milford, CT.