Gisselle Acevedo is a trauma-informed Marriage and Family therapist and works specifically with people in traditionally marginalized communities. Before entering private practice, Gisselle held Executive roles in several organizations, focusing her efforts on supporting underserved communities and furthering social justice initiatives in whatever context she was working. Past positions include President and CEO of The Ackerman Institute in New York City, President and CEO of Para Los Niños, President and General Manager of the Los Angeles edition of Hoy, Vice President of Public Affairs at the Los Angeles Times, and President of the Los Angeles Times Foundation. Gisselle professional experience also includes serving as the Executive Director of Corporate Communications and Public Affairs for AT&T Broadband and as Director of Government Relations and Public Affairs for the Metropolitan Transit Authority (MTA). At each organization, she also managed the philanthropic divisions. Gisselle has been on the board of directors of several insurance companies and brings a wealth of experience from the Board level that will be instrumental in the success of MAPS PBC commercialization efforts.
Gisselle’s previous non-profit board experience includes the Harvard John F. Kennedy School of Government, the Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce, the Loyola Law School Social Justice Clinic, and is a Regent Emeritus at Loyola Marymount University, Los Angeles, and the Child and Family Guidance Center in Bridgeport, Connecticut. Gisselle was appointed by President Bill Clinton to serve on the President’s Commission on People with Intellectual Disabilities and has been honored by such organizations as the National Association of Women Business Owners, Loyola Marymount University Mexican American Alumni Association, Loyola Law School Board of Governors, the Los Angeles County Commission on Women, Los Angeles Business Journal, and Los Angeles County Commission on Human Relations and most recently she was honored by the Women’s Media Center. Gisselle is married to Suzanne Curtis, an attorney, and they share one daughter, Noelle, who is 28, and a dog named Luna.