Gabriela López was born in Los Angeles at UCLA Harber Medical Center in 1990 to Mexican immigrants. Her mother, Margarita López, was a house cleaner throughout her childhood and later worked in caring for elderly people and young children, which she still currently does. Her father, Juan G. López is a truck driver, beginning his own business in the early 90s and has since sustained that work. López is the middle child to two brothers and the first in her family to go to college. She credits her work ethic to her parents, who consistently demonstrated resilience in the face of adversity.
López attended California State University, Dominguez Hills, and majored in Liberal Studies and Women’s Studies while working 3 part-time jobs. From there, she went on to receive her Masters of Education at University of California, Los Angeles on a full ride, through the Stone Scholar fellowship.
Upon graduating in 2016, she moved to San Francisco and became a teacher at Leonard Flynn Elementary School in the Mission District, where she taught fourth- and fifth-grade Spanish Immersion. She immediately got involved by signing up to be a union building representative at her school for United Educators of San Francisco, joining the School Site Council, becoming a mentor for the district’s Mentoring for Success program, and becoming the school's Arts Coordinator.
Outside of the classroom, López is a core organizer at Teachers 4 Social Justice. She also volunteers as a teacher at San Quentin State Prison with the Academic Peer Education Project, where peer educators who have earned their associate degrees design curriculum and teach college prep classes for men preparing for the GED.
At 28, López is the youngest woman ever elected to office in San Francisco and the youngest school board member elected to the San Francisco Board of Education. She is also the first bilingual educator ever elected and the first Latina in over 20 years, and the first ever to take the oath in Spanish when she was sworn into office in January of 2019.
- López is a huge baseball fan and played softball in high school. She was MVP and was on the all-star team for her school where she hit 11 home runs. All while refusing to slide into any base because (another fun fact) she is a VERY fast runner.
- She has been to 20 out of the 30 Major League Baseball stadiums and plans to visit stadiums in Mexico and other countries around the world.
- She has been to 36 of the 50 United States and has primarily visited them using the country’s extensive highway systems.
Commissioner López is the chair of the Curriculum and Program committee.
She is also a member of the following committees:
- Buildings, Grounds and Services
- Rules, Policy and Legislation