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Gabriela Avila

Program Coordinator, UPPF Program

Institute for Policy and Civic Engagement


Building & Room:

College of Urban Planning and Public Affairs, Room 627


412 S Peoria St

Office Phone:

(312) 355-0154


Gabriela joined IPCE in February 2019 and is the Program Coordinator for the institute’s leadership development program, the Urban Public Policy Fellowship (UPPF) program. The UPPF program is a leadership development program designed to expose historically underrepresented minority undergraduate students at the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) to key public policy issues. The program provides Fellows with seminars covering the areas of public policy-making, advocacy, community development, and service provision, and a valuable internship experience.

Gabriela worked at the Survey Research Laboratory at UIC, where her responsibilities focused on coordinating field data research for both phone and face-to-face studies. She oversaw the data collection and management of field staff in the fields of health, education, and social policy.

Gabriela has a bachelor’s degree in Hispanic Linguistics and a M.Ed. in Urban Higher Education from the University of Illinois at Chicago. In her free time, she enjoys gardening, traveling and spending time with her husband and two young children.