As a Senior Business Development Specialist with international commerce expertise, Gabriela Morales provides access to global markets to minority businesses at the U.S. Department of Commerce, MBDA. Her effectiveness in gaining access to emerging global markets and facilitating the trade for U.S. firms effectively stems from almost twenty years of professional experience in the economic and business development arena. Prior to joining the U.S. Department of Commerce, Ms. Morales worked for the City of Laredo from 2003 through 2008. In this position, she led the foreign direct investment and multilateral relationships through a U.S. – Mexico trade forum. In this appointment, she collaborated closely together with the Mayor, City Council, and City Manager’s office to stimulate and promote economic development through the investment of foreign firms.
Earlier as a career foundation in international business, Ms. Morales exemplified successes in the private sector at Border Transfer Services, in Laredo, TX, where she excelled at managing imports-exports, overcoming trade barriers with Mexico, and complying with North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) requirement.
Ms. Morales holds two Masters in Business Administration. One delivered as a Global Executive program by Georgetown’s School of Foreign Service, and the McDonough School of Business in Washington, DC. The second MBA delivered by ESADE Business School out of Barcelona, Spain. The global curriculum of these programs provided intensive on-site experiences with a cohort of global executives in Spain, Argentina, Brazil, India, China, and the U.S. As part of her Georgetown Global Executive MBA, she developed her individual master thesis: Taking the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) Further: In-land Commerce and Transportation of Goods between the United States and Mexico. Ms. Morales also co-founded the GEMBA Class of 2013 Microfinance project in Bangalore, India and is currently a Life Long Lerner (LLL) at Georgetown University.