g. martinez cabrera

This is My Story

Gabriel Martinez Cabrera has worked in underserved communities in New York, Boston, and San Francisco. For more than ten years, he worked as a classroom teacher, helping to graduate over 1,500 GED students. His work in San Francisco evolved into workforce development, where he was in charge of a city funded program that helped young returning citizens find family sustaining employment.

To help increase awareness for the kinds of students he worked with, he began to document his students’ lives through video and photography. From 2014 to 2016, he worked for a research firm called Digital Promise, where he continued his communications and advocacy work to create a coalition of forward thinking adult eduction programs called The Beacon Project. The project was featured on Univision, philly.com, and US News. Through the Beacon Project, he was able to bring to light the work of over 500 adult education sites across the country raising the profile of low-skilled adult learners with a culminating advocacy event that brought together the Joyce Foundation, the Barbara Bush foundation, and the X-Prize Foundation and that convened over 300 participants in 5 cities across the US.