Gabriela Rios – Executive Director Modesto and Fresno

Gabriela Rios currently serves as the Executive Director for PIQE’s Modesto and Fresno Regional Office. She provides leadership and guidance by analyzing and evaluating the effectiveness and efficiency of operations. Ms. Rios also maintains proper organizational structure and effective personnel, partnering closely with senior management to plan the future growth of PIQE’s presence in the region, as well as its strategic response to education and industry trends. Prior to her promotion, Ms. Rios had served for a little over five years as an Associate Director for the Modesto office.

Prior to working with PIQE, Ms. Rios knew that her heart wanted her to pursue a career in the field of education. She began her career working for the migrant program as a home tutor. She later went on to serve as a high school youth counselor on behalf of the Stanislaus County Office of Education (SCOE). She went on to join the staff at Ripon High School as one of their Spanish teachers. Through these experiences, Ms. Rios gained great insight and a better understanding of the families which PIQE serves on behalf of the Modesto Regional Office. These experiences shaped her path towards a career around parent engagement. Ms. Rios obtained a B.A in Spanish and a BCLAD credential from California State University, Stanislaus.

Ms. Rios was born in Mexico and immigrated to the US at the age of ten. Although she struggled in a new land and unaware of language, her parents did not falter in reminding her of the importance of working hard and above all the power of getting educated. She is the first in her family to graduate not only from high school, but also from college. She is passionate about PIQE’s mission and sees her parents in the families she serves. Ms. Rios wants to serve as a role model to others who doubt that college is possible for them. She is happily married to Francisco Rios and together they have two beautiful children: Maximiliano and Mateo. She enjoys spending time with her family and traveling with them.