Gabriela Nguena Jones
As a first generation American, Gabriela’s passion for service was rooted out of understanding the trials and tribulations her parents underwent during their transition to America. Lack of funding for public resources and difficult systems in place for social and economic mobility were obstacles that made the transition difficult. Within the Ingram Scholars Program, Gabriela has utilized service as a way to learn, adapt, and understand inequalities affecting communities. In the beginning of her first year as an Ingram Scholar, she worked with the Mary Parrish Center to develop policy and bylaws to protect and support women and children in transition housing. She continued to explore these inequities at PENCIL, and used previous experiences from her non-profit, Teens Tutor Teens, to help close the gap in education by reviewing and adding supplementary materials for the Academies of Nashville for the MNPS district. Gabriela has also worked with The Store, a year-round, free grocery store where she applied customer service skills to aid shoppers. The experiences Gabriela has been gifted by the Ingram Scholars Program will be instrumental as she continues to learn about more systems in philanthropy and how her career can intersect at different points.