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Gabriel Esparza

Naitonal Committee Member

Gabriel is currently the Sr. Vice President & Head of Global Partnerships at RapidSOS – an advanced emergency tech start-up that is revolutionizing the emergency ecosystem in the U.S. and around the world. The 911 infrastructure in the U.S. dates back to the 1960’s and receives no data in an emergency, leading to over 10,000 fatalities a year according to the FCC. RapidSOS is using hybrid-device location technology and a modern IP-based network to provide a rich data link from any connected device directly to 911 and first responders. Using evolving predictive analytic algorithms, RapidSOS will soon be able to see when and where every emergency is occurring in the U.S. – allowing for the ability to preempt emergencies by warning people in harm’s way.

Originally an early investor and advisor to RapidSOS, Gabe was brought in to lead the business side of the company, including business development, marketing and client management. Gabe is also a public official in the City of Los Angeles, having been appointed to the Civil Service Commission in 2009. The Civil Service Commission oversees the 50,000 employees of the City of Los Angeles, including appeals from discharge, discrimination complaints, and other administrative matters.

Prior to joining RapidSOS, Gabe spent 13 years at American Express where he led global business development for the commercial payments division. Other career stops include time with Diamond Technology Partners, The Walt Disney Company, G.E., and Wells Fargo Bank. Gabe was also co-founder and chairman of the board of the Bronx Charter School for the Arts in New York City, co-founder and board member of both Harvard and Stanford Latino Alumni Associations, and on the executive committee of the Harvard Business School Alumni Board.

Gabe holds an MBA from Harvard Business School and a BA in International Relations and Psychology from Stanford University. He and his wife live in Los Angeles, CA with their two children.

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