Gabrielle Simpson Gambrell is a communications, branding and media expert. With a career that has spanned tenures at many world-renowned media giants, including Comcast NBCUniversal, CBS Corporation and ABC, it was during these years that Gabrielle was often celebrated as a champion for diversity and inclusion. Gabrielle is yet again making major trailblazing waves as the current Vice President and Head of Marketing & Communications at Barnard College. In this role, she’s the first black woman to ever hold this title, as well as the youngest. She previously served as worldwide Director of Communications and Public Relations at FCB Global with offices in more than 80 countries around the world.

A celebrated speaker and authority on issues of inclusion and diversity, Gabrielle has spoken at the University of California Los Angeles (UCLA), New York University (NYU), NAACP and the National Urban League, among others. She has been featured in Forbes, HuffPost, EBONY, Sheen Magazine and other notable publications. At her alma mater, Iona College, Gabrielle presently serves as a career mentor and a board member of the Sports,

Entertainment and Media Innovation department, as well as a graduate adjunct professor.Likewise, as consultant at Columbia University and a graduate adjunct professor at New York University (NYU), Gabrielle teaches integrated marketing, digital and social media, advanced public relations, media relations, corporate communications and event planning courses.

Gabrielle is an honors graduate of Iona College (M.A., Sports & Entertainment Public Relations and B.A., Television, Video Production and Film), and received their Rising Star Award in 2018 for her early-career achievements. She has also been named to PRWeek's 2019 Hall of Femme list of Women To Watch, as one of 28 trailblazing women who are shaping the future of the communications industry. She is originally from Los Angeles and currently resides with her husband in Westchester County, N.Y. You can learn more about her and connect on Twitter and Instagram @_GiftofGab_.