Gabriella M. Cebada Mora
Year
2019
Position
Support Ministries, Inc., Executive Director

Gabriella currently works as an Environmental Analyst at the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation and manages the agency’s Water Quality Program. She oversees a small team that implements state and federal regulations for waterbody health; guides water quality monitoring and analysis for bacteria, harmful algal blooms, and aquatic invasive species; and develops and implements projects to improve waterbody conditions. In addition, she provides project and policy review, grant management, and guidance on ecological stewardship. Gabriella has twice been awarded a Huddleston Award in Leadership from the agency: in 2012, as a member of a team, and most recently, in 2018, for her individual leadership and contributions.

Prior to moving to Albany, Gabriella worked for non-governmental organizations and non-profits on a variety of environmental and environmental justice issues ranging from the rights and sovereignty of Native Americans and indigenous groups to protection of water resources and natural environments. Her interests have led her to broadly engage with the public, agencies, and elected officials. She has worked with the Long Island Environmental Voters Forum, a local environmental advocacy group in her hometown of Riverhead, NY, traveled to Nevada to work with the Western Shoshone Defense Project on water rights and land sovereignty through national and international mechanisms, and attended the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues to raise awareness and understanding of R.E.D.D. (Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation) and engage forum members on the real-world impacts of this mechanism, and other large-scale projects, on indigenous and marginalized groups.

While in Albany, Gabriella has continued to engage her local community on environmental issues and environmental justice. She has assisted non-profits advocating for climate change solutions through grant writing and research. In 2013, she helped coordinate the Capital Region volunteers for the Two-Row Wampum Renewal Campaign that honored the treaty of 1613 between Dutch explorers and the Haudenosaunee Nation.  

Gabriella obtained her B.A. in International Relations from Boston University and her M.S. in Resource Management and Conservation from Antioch University in New Hampshire. She lived, worked, and studied in Croatia for several years before returning to the United States.