Gabriella Morris

Gabriella Morris, Senior Vice President of the In Kind Assistance Corporation and the UNICEF Bridge Fund

Gabriella Morris

Gabriella Morris is Senior Vice President of the In Kind Assistance Corporation and the UNICEF Bridge Fund (the “Fund”), an innovative financial tool created by the US Fund for UNICEF to fast-track lifesaving assistance to children in need around the world. In this capacity she oversees all operations of the Fund, including marketing, fundraising, investor relations and coordinating programmatic needs. Prior to this appointment, she was President of Connective Advisors, LLC , a comprehensive consulting practice offering a broad range of expertise to the public, private and independent sectors, including strategic planning, governance, fund development, philanthropy, networking and inclusion.

With over three decades of leadership experience and service in the nonprofit and corporate sectors, she most recently completed over 26 years of service in senior legal, philanthropic and community relations positions at Prudential Financial.  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. Gabriella Morris is Senior Vice President of the In Kind Assistance Corporation and the UNICEF Bridge Fund (the “Fund”), an innovative financial tool created by the US Fund for UNICEF to fast-track lifesaving assistance to children in need around the world. In this capacity she oversees all operations of the Fund, including marketing, fundraising, investor relations and coordinating programmatic needs. Prior to this appointment, she was President of Connective Advisors, LLC , a  comprehensive consulting practice offering a broad range of expertise to the public, private and independent sectors, including strategic planning, governance, fund development, philanthropy, networking and inclusion.

Prior to assuming her role in Community Resources, Gabriella was Regional Counsel in the Prudential’s Newark Realty Group Office, where she managed a team of legal professionals responsible for all real estate investment activity in the eastern region of the country.  She previously held positions of Associate General Counsel and associate regional counsel. Prior to joining Prudential, she served as real estate counsel to The Southland Corporation in Dallas, Texas and Associate Counsel with the Houston, Texas-based law firm of Baker & Botts, in its securities, real estate and oil and gas practices.

Long involved in the non-profit sector, she assumed her first volunteer position at the age of nine, supporting her mother in launching a pilot Head Start program.  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 boards that reflect her interests and passions, including the Annie E. Casey Foundation, the Wells Fargo Regional Foundation, the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, the Harlem School of the Arts, the New Jersey Performing Arts Center Women’s Association and the NAACP Legal Defense and Education Fund. She has been a founding board member of many organizations, including 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.