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751 Broad St

Newark, New Jersey,07102

United States

Company Description

Prudential Financial companies serve individual and institutional customers worldwide and include The Prudential Insurance Company of America, one of the largest life insurance companies in the U.S. These companies offer a variety of products and services, inc... more

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Background Information

Employment History

Senior Vice President, The UNICEF Bridge Fund

U.S. Fund for UNICEF


The Annie E. Casey Foundation

Board of Trustees Member

The Harlem School of the Arts

Board Member

NAACP Legal Defense Fund

Board Member

D5 Coalition

Funders and Advisor

Educational Fund

Board Member

Educators for Social Responsibility

Board Member

Newark Public Schools

Advisory Board Member

The Casey Foundation

Board Member


Board of Trustees

Boys and Girls Clubs of Newark Inc

Board Member

Living Cities Inc

Board Member

Schools Development Authority

Board Member

New Jersey Schools Development Authority

Board Member

New Jersey Schools Construction Corporation

Board Member


Member of Board of Trustees

Independent Sector

Board Member

Girls' Clubs

Member, Board of Trustees

New Jersey Public Broadcasting Authority

Board Member

New Jersey Symphony Orchestra

Member of the Board of Trustees

Middletown Township Planning Board

Board Member

Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater

Board Member

United States-China Educational Institute


United States Artists

Founding Board Member

Newark Trust for Education

Founding Board Member

Brick City Development Corporation

Founding Board Member

New Jersey Performing Arts Center Women's Association

Founding Board Member

National Community Development Initiative

Board Member

New York Regional Association of Grantmakers




Architecture and Urban Planning

Princeton University


University of Texas School

law degree

The University of Texas

undergraduate degree

Princeton University

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Who We Are | D5 [cached]

Gabriella Morris, formerly of The Prudential Foundation

Gabriella E. Morris | Harlem School of the Arts [cached]

Gabriella E. Morris
GABRIELLA E. MORRIS Gabriella Morris has recently formed Connective Advisors, LLC, focusing three decades of leadership, experience and service in the nonprofit and corporate sectors into an integrated, comprehensive consulting practice. Connective offers a broad range of expertise to the public, private and independent sectors, including strategic planning, governance, fund development, philanthropy, networking and inclusion. Gabriella most recently completed over 26 years of service in senior legal, philanthropic and community relations positions at Prudential Financial, while volunteering on many national, state and local non-profit boards. For more than seventeen years, she served as President of The Prudential Foundation and Corporate Vice President of Community Resources. In these positions, she directed all aspects of Prudential's interface with communities, national and global philanthropies, non-profit organizations in addition to government, business, academic and community thought leadership. This included oversight of philanthropy, contributions, social investments, employee volunteerism, community relations and business diversity outreach. Under Gabriella's leadership, Prudential made significant contributions in policy and funding for education reform, youth leadership and economic development in local, national and global arenas. A champion of excellent educational opportunities for all children, she has demonstrated leadership on a wide variety of policy issues, including standards and accountability, school funding fairness, quality child care, adequate school facilities and universal pre-school access and curricula, reflecting the best research on brain development and learning. She has led the establishment of public education foundations and school advocacy organizations, supported alternate teaching and learning models and after school programs. She has been tapped to lead school superintendent searches and to serve on the state board overseeing the deployment of state school construction funds. Gabriella and her team established one of the first charter school lending programs in the nation, supporting "education entrepreneurs" in their quest to improve educational outcomes for children in need. The program has supported more than half of all charter schools in New Jersey, and the nation's largest and most successful charter school developers and intermediaries including LISC, the California Charter School Fund and KIPP (Knowledge is Power Program). She supported the development of environments and programs that support high achievers, particularly the expansion of the Johns Hopkins Center for Gifted and Talented students, in response to the Dodge Foundation's expose' "No Place to be Smart." She built Prudential's reputation on the national education reform stage following leadership in establishing New Jersey's first Statewide Education Summit, which resulted in the development of new state standards and broad, community-based dissemination. Gabriella and her teams also developed the Prudential Young Entrepreneurs program to train young people to be self-reliant and proactive participants in our economy. She built on this work by initiating a national entrepreneurship training pilot program with the National Urban League. She helped support and establish Youthbuild organizations in New Jersey, Brazil and Mexico, as well as local construction training programs. Building on the success of other collaboratives, Prudential was a founding funder of the National Workforce Collaborative, bringing best in class workforce training programs to light and to scale. Other support programs, including the development of Prudential Positive Parenting in partnership with the Child Welfare League of America, EITC support programs with The Children's Defense Fund, and several "parents as first teachers" programs with Sesame Workshop complemented these efforts. In addition to focusing on the "drivers of change," Gabriella included other quality of life funding in the portfolio, including the development of programs supporting arts and arts education, child advocacy around Kid's Count research and data, community health and HIV/AIDS. She pioneered many technical assistance and capacity building programs and opportunities for non-profit organizations, mission critical for the health of the sector. This included introduction of competitive social entrepreneurship opportunities with Community Wealth Ventures and a branded "Breaking the Gala Addiction" program. She evolved Prudential's philanthropic mission and strategy to align with its expanding global footprint. She was instrumental in establishing community involvement as an essential part of Prudential's employee value proposition, with signature programs like Global Volunteer Day, Community Stewardship and Volunteer Match. Gabriella joined Prudential as an associate regional counsel in the company's Newark Realty Group Office, which managed all real estate investment activity in the eastern region of the country. She assumed various management positions in the legal department before assuming her role in Community Resources. Prior to joining Prudential, she served as counsel to The Southland Corporation in Dallas, Texas and Associate Counsel with the law firm of Baker & Botts in Houston, Texas. Long involved in the non-profit sector, she assumed her first volunteer position at the age of nine, supporting her mother in launching a local Head Start program in Houston, Texas. She joined her first non-profit board, a mental health agency, as soon as she finished law school, and has continued to serve on numerous boards, agencies and public sector committees. She currently serves on the boards that reflect her interests and passions, including the Annie E. Casey Foundation, the Wells Fargo Regional Foundation, the New Jersey Performing Arts Center Women's Association, the Newark Trust for Education, Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, and the NAACP Legal Defense and Education Fund. She has been a founding board member of many organizations, including New Jersey Performing Arts Center Women's Association, United States Artists, the Newark Trust for Education and Brick City Development Corporation. Gabriella received an AB in Architecture and Urban Planning, as well as a Certification in African-American Studies, from Princeton University, and a JD from The University of Texas School of Law. She has received professional certifications from Harvard Business School's Executive Education program in Corporate Social Responsibility and from Stanford University's Center for Social Innovation.

Gabriella E. Morris, Esq. '77
President of the Prudential Foundation & Prudential, Vice President of Corporate Social Responsibility

New USA Fellows Welcomed to Los Angeles [cached]

After welcome remarks by USA Board member Gabriella Morris, President of The Prudential Foundation, the event's major sponsor, USA Board member Dr. Judith Rodin, President of The Rockefeller Foundation, offered a special tribute to Eli and Edythe Broad.

United States Artists Launches [cached]

USA's board includes the following national arts and philanthropic leaders: Susan Berresford, president, Ford Foundation (New York); actor Danny Glover (Berkeley, CA); Samuel Hoi, president, Otis College of Art and Design (Los Angeles, CA); Diane Kaplan, president, Rasmuson Foundation (Anchorage, AK); Gabriella Morris, president, Prudential Foundation (Newark, NJ); Dr. Judith Rodin, president, Rockefeller Foundation (New York, NY); and Todd Simon, senior vice president, Omaha Steaks (Omaha, NE).

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