Gabriela Quintanilla was born in El Salvador, and migrated to the U.S. when she was 13 years old. When she arrived to this country she was faced with the harsh reality of being undocumented. Gabriela experienced many challenges during high school and early college years, luckily she had a great support system that helped her achieve her dreams. She is now a permanent U.S. resident and holds a Bachelors of Arts Degree in Sociology with a Minor in Political Science from SUNY Stony Brook. Throughout her time at Stony Brook, she became involved as a social justice activist and community organizer. During her last year at Stony Brook she realized that she had to do more to help the undocumented student population and that is when ADELANTE was born. Her hope is that Adelante can help undocumented students in rural areas of NY navigate the government systems in order to achieve their goals and build a network of ongoing support amongst the students, allies and staff. Gabriela has helped mobilize rallies in her community, and designed workshops to amplify the voices of undocumented students and farmworkers. She has been featured in two award-winning documentaries: Paper State: Undocumented Unafraid Undeterred, which won best student documentary at Cannes Festival 2013 and Dreamers Among Us. Most recently, she has joined Rural & Migrant Ministry staff as the Coordinator for Western NY. She feels privileged to work alongside with passionate students and youth across the state. She enjoys traveling, exercising, eating healthy and sleeping! She values honesty, transparency, and positivity.