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Gabriella E. Morris

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Profession

Category:
LawMakers
CivicMakers
Occupation(s):
Foundation Chief Executive
Legal Advisor

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Blue
Favorite Food:
Lamb Chops
Favorite Time of Year:
Spring
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Hawaii
Favorite Quote:
Fake It Till You Make It.

Birthplace

Born:
3/26/1956
Birth Location:
Houston, Texas

Profession

Category:
LawMakers
CivicMakers
Occupation(s):
Foundation Chief Executive
Legal Advisor

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Blue
Favorite Food:
Lamb Chops
Favorite Time of Year:
Spring
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Hawaii
Favorite Quote:
Fake It Till You Make It.

Birthplace

Born:
3/26/1956
Birth Location:
Houston
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Biography

Foundation chief executive Gabriella E. Morris was born on March 26, 1956 in Houston, Texas to Elise LeNoir Morris and John E. Morris. After graduating from high school, Morris received her A.B. degree in architecture and urban planning, and a certificate in African American studies, from Princeton University in Princeton, New Jersey in 1978. She later earned her J.D. degree from the University of Texas Law School in Austin, Texas. Morris has also received certifications from Harvard Business School’s Executive Education program in corporate social responsibility, and from Stanford University’s Center for Social Innovation.

Morris was hired as real estate council for The Southland Corporation in Dallas, Texas. She then became associate counsel of the Houston-based law firm of Baker and Botts in its securities, real estate and oil and gas practices. In 1985, she was hired by Prudential Financial as a regional counsel and associate general counsel for the company’s real estate operations. Morris then became president of the Prudential Foundation in 1994, and also served as vice president of community resources. In that position, Morris helped develop a number of community programs focused on education, including the Prudential Young Entrepreneurs Program, founded in 1999. She also helped form the New Jersey Statewide Education Summit, which aided the development of new education standards for the City of Newark and was influential in creating one of the first charter school lending programs in the nation. After over twenty years of service, Morris left Prudential in order to form her own consulting firm, Connective Advisors LLC. In 2014, she was named as the senior vice president of the UNICEF Bridge Fund.

In addition to her professional career, Morris has been involved in her community through membership in many organizations. She was a founding member of United States Artists, the Brick City Development Corporation, and the Newark Trust for Education. Morris also served as a board member for the Annie E. Casey Foundation, the Harlem School of the Arts, the New Jersey Performing Arts Center Women’s Association, NAACP Legal Defense and Education Fund and the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater.

Gabriella E. Morris was interviewed by The HistoryMakers on March 27, 2017.

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  • Tape: 1 Story: 2 - Gabriella E. Morris lists her favorites
  • Tape: 1 Story: 3 - Gabriella E. Morris describes her mother's family background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 4 - Gabriella E. Morris talks about her mother's upbringing and education
  • Tape: 1 Story: 5 - Gabriella E. Morris describes her father's family background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 6 - Gabriella E. Morris talks about her father's aspirations
  • Tape: 1 Story: 7 - Gabriella E. Morris describes how her parents met and married
  • Tape: 1 Story: 8 - Gabriella E. Morris talks about her adoption
  • Tape: 1 Story: 9 - Gabriella E. Morris describes her siblings
  • Tape: 1 Story: 10 - Gabriella E. Morris describes the sights and smells of her childhood
  • Tape: 1 Story: 11 - Gabriella E. Morris talks about the Clinton Park neighborhood of Houston, Texas
  • Tape: 1 Story: 12 - Gabriella E. Morris remembers her early education
  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - Gabriella E. Morris describes her early interests and personality
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - Gabriella E. Morris remembers her mother's role on 'Queen for A Day'
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - Gabriella E. Morris remembers her elementary school teachers
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - Gabriella E. Morris remembers being mistaken for Latina in Texas
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - Gabriella E. Morris talks about the Incarnate Word Academy in Houston, Texas
  • Tape: 2 Story: 6 - Gabriella E. Morris recalls her experiences of discrimination at the Incarnate Word Academy
  • Tape: 2 Story: 7 - Gabriella E. Morris recalls her decision to attend Princeton University in Princeton, New Jersey
  • Tape: 2 Story: 8 - Gabriella E. Morris recalls her aspiration to become a lawyer
  • Tape: 2 Story: 9 - Gabriella E. Morris talks about her decision to study architecture
  • Tape: 2 Story: 10 - Gabriella E. Morris remembers her arrival at Princeton University
  • Tape: 2 Story: 11 - Gabriella E. Morris recalls the senior awards ceremony at the Incarnate Word Academy
  • Tape: 2 Story: 12 - Gabriella E. Morris describes her social life at Princeton University
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - Gabriella E. Morris talks about her architectural education
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - Gabriella E. Morris remembers her professors at Princeton University in Princeton, New Jersey
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - Gabriella E. Morris remembers national events fromn her time at Princeton University
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - Gabriella E. Morris remembers the University of Texas School of Law in Austin, Texas
  • Tape: 3 Story: 5 - Gabriella E. Morris talks about her skin color privilege
  • Tape: 3 Story: 6 - Gabriella E. Morris recalls the notable alumni and faculty of the University of Texas Law School
  • Tape: 3 Story: 7 - Gabriella E. Morris remembers working at Baker Botts LLP
  • Tape: 3 Story: 8 - Gabriella E. Morris talks about her casework at Baker Botts LLP
  • Tape: 3 Story: 9 - Gabriella E. Morris remembers meeting her first husband
  • Tape: 3 Story: 10 - Gabriella E. Morris recalls her start at Prudential Financial, Inc.
  • Tape: 3 Story: 11 - Gabriella E. Morris remembers the birth of her first child
  • Tape: 4 Story: 1 - Gabriella E. Morris remembers the financial downturn of the late 1990s
  • Tape: 4 Story: 2 - Gabriella E. Morris recalls meeting President George W. Bush
  • Tape: 4 Story: 3 - Gabriella E. Morris remembers becoming president of the Prudential Foundation
  • Tape: 4 Story: 4 - Gabriella E. Morris describes the Prudential Foundation's philanthropic strategy
  • Tape: 4 Story: 5 - Gabriella E. Morris describes the Prudential Foundation's impact in the community of Newark, New Jersey
  • Tape: 4 Story: 6 - Gabriella E. Morris reflects upon her career at the Prudential Foundation
  • Tape: 4 Story: 7 - Gabriella E. Morris describes the Prudential Foundation's volunteer programs
  • Tape: 4 Story: 8 - Gabriella E. Morris describes the Prudential Young Entrepreneur Program
  • Tape: 4 Story: 9 - Gabriella E. Morris describes the United States Artists initiative
  • Tape: 4 Story: 10 - Gabriella E. Morris talks about the Brick City Development Corporation
  • Tape: 4 Story: 11 - Gabriella E. Morris recalls marrying her second husband
  • Tape: 5 Story: 1 - Gabriella E. Morris describes her duties as president of the Prudential Foundation
  • Tape: 5 Story: 2 - Gabriella E. Morris talks about the Newark Trust for Education
  • Tape: 5 Story: 3 - Gabriella E. Morris recalls founding Connective Advisors LLC
  • Tape: 5 Story: 4 - Gabriella E. Morris talks about the Harlem School of the Arts in New York City
  • Tape: 5 Story: 5 - Gabriella E. Morris talks about the UNICEF Bridge Fund
  • Tape: 5 Story: 6 - Gabriella E. Morris describes her involvement in the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Inc.
  • Tape: 5 Story: 7 - Gabriella E. Morris talks about the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater
  • Tape: 5 Story: 8 - Gabriella E. Morris describes the Stanford University Center for Social Innovation
  • Tape: 5 Story: 9 - Gabriella E. Morris talks about her plans for the future
  • Tape: 5 Story: 10 - Gabriella E. Morris reflects upon her life
  • Tape: 5 Story: 11 - Gabriella E. Morris reflects upon her legacy
  • Tape: 5 Story: 12 - Gabriella E. Morris describes her hopes and concerns for the African American community
  • Tape: 5 Story: 13 - Gabriella E. Morris talks about her family
  • Tape: 5 Story: 14 - Gabriella E. Morris describes how she would like to be remembered
  • Tape: 6 Story: 1 - Gabriella E. Morris narrates her photographs