Gabriela Schneider is a veteran strategic communications professional with 15 years experience working at the intersection of politics, technology and social good. Before joining Issue One, she spent eight years as the Communications Director of the Sunlight Foundation, a nonpartisan nonprofit that advocates for open government and creates user-friendly civic tech apps and data to build greater public understanding about government and political power. Her work there was cited by numerous outlets including The New York Times, Buzzfeed, Fox News, The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal and NPR.
As Senior Policy Analyst at the Center for Media Education, her writing and research for regulatory filings about marketing practices targeted toward children and teens informed federal enforcement of online privacy protections and TV advertising safeguards. Gabriela also organized grassroots campaigns to persuade Congress to pass legislation for mental health services on behalf of the American Psychological Association. Soon after, Gabriela pivoted her focus from public policy to communications work, as she preferred translating policy issues into accessible journalism and public engagement campaigns. She later joined the Council on Foundations as Media Relations Manager, where she secured media coverage for the philanthropic sector. Gabriela has a masters of arts in journalism from the University of Texas at Austin and a bachelor of arts in journalism from Lehigh University, where she proudly served as general manager of its radio station, WLVR.