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Gabriela Rios
Gabriela Rios

Gabriela Rios

Parent Institute for Quality Education (PIQE)

Modesto, CA USA

"We’re not only changing the life for [one] student or [one] school, we’re changing the trajectory of our country."

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Day In The Life

Executive Director, Modesto Regional Office

I collaborate with school districts to provide meaningful engagement for families.

Skills & Education

Here's the path I took:

  • High School

  • Bachelor's Degree


    California State University, Stanislaus

  • Certification

    BCLAD Credential

    California State University, Stanislaus

Life & Career Milestones

My path in life has been direct

  • 1.

    I was born in Mexico and came to the U.S. when I was 10 years old.

  • 2.

    After high school, I went to a community college, where I found mentors who helped me navigate the education system.

  • 3.

    I transferred to California State University, Stanislaus, where I earned my bachelor’s degree in Spanish with a minor in history.

  • 4.

    After graduating, I worked as a high school teacher but I quickly realized that working in a classroom wasn’t a great fit for me.

  • 5.

    I connected with a former executive director for the Parent Institute for Quality Education and she gave me the opportunity to become an associate director for the organization.

  • 6.

    I took over for the former executive director when she retired—I now lead the organization’s efforts for all of the California Central Valley.