Gavriela Geller, a native of the city, is Director of AJC/JCRB Kansas City. She previously worked for AJC's Belfer Institute for Latino and Latin American Affairs (BILLA), managing a grant from the Ford Foundation. In that capacity she implemented programs across the country to advance immigration reform and strengthen Latino-Jewish relations. She also served as AJC’s immigration policy analyst, identifying advocacy opportunities and representing the organization on national immigration coalitions. Most recently, Gavi directed the policy and advocacy efforts of the Jewish Community Relations Council (JCRC) of St. Louis. She has also worked at the National Immigrant Justice Center helping detained and LGBTQ immigrants as part of Avodah: The Jewish Service Corps. Gavi, who also serves on the Avodah Kansas City Advisory Council, holds an M.A. in Jewish cultural arts from the George Washington University and is fluent in Spanish.