Gabby was born in Mexico to a single mother who decided she wanted a better life for her daughter than the one she had. She immigrated to the United States when she was only three months old and has lived her whole life in the U.S., most of which she has spent in South Central Los Angeles. She lived in Palm Springs for 3-4 years and considers it her second home.
Gabby legalized her status through the amnesty program in 1988 and naturalized in 2008.
She has a daughter who is a Navy veteran, works with animals, and will hopefully start veterinarian school soon. Her daughter is the reason she “dusts herself off and keeps going.”
She took paralegal studies at West Los Angeles College and has worked in the immigration field for almost 21 years. In that time, she has had the pleasure of working both employment and family-based green cards and managing law firms. “I love seeing client’s faces light up when they become LPR’s and cry when they find out they can finally go back to their home country to see the family they had not seen in many years. I know that feeling.”
She loves everything purple, chinese food, bananas, tulips, and ONLY drinks Coke (never Pepsi). She enjoys the outdoors, likes to hike and loves the beach. Her favorite artist is Tina Turner and her favorite TV shows are Big Brother and the Amazing Race. She likes all kinds of music.
Most interesting job
- Disneyland – I worked in customer service and met a variety of people. Some with great moods and others with not so great moods. Overall, I enjoyed the happy place it was, but then again that was over 20 years ago.
How would you describe yourself?
- A hard worker, devoted to family/friends, jokester, easy-going, and nap lover.
One thing you would like to see or do before you die:
Most Favorite place on Earth:
- Beach or anywhere with water
Career choice as a child: