Gabriella C. McDonald connects private law firms, practitioners, and other interested community members to Texas Appleseed’s new and ongoing projects, allowing these entities and individuals to fully engage in Texas Appleseed’s mission of promoting social and economic justice for all Texans. Gabriella first joined Texas Appleseed in 2009 as a yearlong community service fellow, where she conducted research, developed reports, and participated in statewide think tanks. At the conclusion of her fellowship, she spent four years in private practice in Los Angeles, first at Dewey & LeBoeuf LLP, and then at Early Sullivan Wright Gizer & McRae LLP, where she engaged in general civil and business litigation, representing an array of clients regarding various practice areas, including real estate, entertainment, title insurance, business organization, and labor and employment litigation. Gabriella received her law degree from the University of Michigan Law School in 2009, where she served as an executive editor of the Michigan Journal of Race & Law. She simultaneously earned a Masters in Sports Management from the University of Michigan’s Rackham Graduate School. She received her undergraduate degrees in psychology and government from The University of Texas at Austin.