Growing up in Ciudad Juarez, Mexico, Gabe learned early about the value of natural resources and conservation from his father Alfonso and grandfather Javier.
An avid outdoorsman, Gabe has a deep love and appreciation for New Mexico, its people, land, and culture, and brings his passion for equity and public lands to his work as the New Mexico Deputy Director of The Wilderness Society.
He brings more than a decade of experience working in local, state, and federal government, conservation, and communications to the organization. From Las Cruces, Gabe enjoys hunting, hiking, fishing, and backcountry camping with his wife Fatima in places like the Organ Mountains Desert Peaks National Monument and the Gila National Forest. Gabe is also serving his first time as city councilor for the City of Las Cruces. Gabe is Roman Catholic and has helped organize priests and faith leaders in protecting the Gila River in southern New Mexico.