Gabriela Sandoval joined TURN in April 2016 in the new position of Research Director for TURN’s Addressing the Health Impacts of Utility Shutoffs project. Gabriela will be working with community-based organizations in several parts of California—with a focus on communities struggling to make ends meet—to develop a better understanding of where and why utility shutoffs occur, how shutoffs impact the health of families and communities, and how to stop them.
Before coming to TURN Gabriela was research director at the Insight Center for Community Economic Development, a national “think-and-do tank” in Oakland, where she designed and managed projects focused on building wealth and opportunity for communities. Previously, Gabriela was a faculty member of the Department of Sociology at UC Santa Cruz and Academic Coordinator for a professional midwifery school in Mexico.
“TURN has already made enormous strides in stopping dangerous and deadly utility shutoffs,” she said. “With the research and outreach I will be doing, we’ll be able to go even further in holding utilities accountable for their practices and policies, and protecting consumers when they are in crisis.”
Gabriela holds BAs in Psychology and Ethnic Studies from the University of California, San Diego, a Masters in Regional Planning, and a Ph.D. in Sociology from Cornell University.