Photo of Board Member Gabriel Buelna, Ph.DDR. GABRIEL BUELNA
Member of the Board

Dr. Gabriel Buelna graduated from California State University Northridge (CSUN) with a
Bachelor’s degree before completing a master’s program in Social Work at San Diego
State University. Dr. Buelna earned his Ph.D. from the School of Politics and Economics
at the Claremont Graduate University. In 1999, Gabriel joined CSUN as a faculty member
where he continues to teach history and politics in the Chicana/o Studies Department.

In the early 90s, Gabriel began his career as a children’s social worker with the Los Angeles County Department of Children and Family Services and went on to work in foster care. He worked with abused and neglected children, their families, law enforcement, and
the courts. Through this intense involvement in the community, Gabriel learned that
safe neighborhoods, job creation, and education are the foundation for healthy families.

Gabriel attributes much of his success to his strong family ties. As the son of Mexican
immigrant parents and growing up in South Los Angeles, Gabriel grew up in a household
where education was a central core value. Gabriel and his wife of 24 years, Pilar, have
three daughters: Gabriela 18, Gema, 16, and Paulina, 14 who are active student athletes
in track and cross country.

Dr. Buelna remains committed to improving the world his daughters will inherit and
imparts upon them the critical need to do the same for their children.

July 2019

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