Gabriela Hylton Garza
Culture & Operations Coordinator
Gabriela (she/her) comes from a matriarchal family filled with weavers of community. Honoring the gifts passed down for generations, she is committed to co-creating spaces and communities rooted in love, respect, trust, creativity and learning. With fifteen years of administrative experience, she has held various positions within education, human resources and philanthropy. Before joining Solidaire, she worked at Thousand Currents as the Academy Program Manager supporting week-long transformative experiences for donors and institutions.
Gabriela is currently pursuing a master’s degree in Leadership for Sustainability at the University of Vermont. She has also been a facilitator and founding member of the Stewardship Circle for Thrive East Bay. As a medicine song carrier, Gabriela remains passionate about co-facilitating Grandmother Circles where she teaches indigenous water blessing songs.
What Liberation Means to Gabriela
Tell us why you do what you do.
One of my superpowers is streamlining processes and systems to ensure the team has ease within their workflow. I believe Operations is one of the key pieces of an organization’s foundation and can either support or prohibit the team from collaborating, communicating, and accomplishing the work. It’s important for me to weave my ancestral medicine with my personal experiences to support the health and well-being of our organization and ultimately the world.
What’s most important to you about being part of Solidaire?
As a Native person whose histories, stories, and songs have been buried by my people for survival, it’s important for me to support the health and well-being of native communities on Turtle Island. The tremendous work of Solidaire gives me hope that change is possible and I truly appreciate our generational vision.
What does liberation mean to you?
A six-year-old running wild in the forest climbing boulders and trees. Feeling safe and grounded that your home will always be your home, until you choose to leave it. The wind tickling my hair. Future generations living the life they choose filled with endless possibilities.