Gabriel Vasquez (Former Staff) Vice President

Gabe Vasquez is the Vice President of Communications First Focus, and leads the organization’s internal and external communications efforts. Vasquez oversees all aspects of communications at First Focus and works to secure news media coverage of its advocacy efforts and federal children’s issues. His responsibilities include working with First Focus policy staff to translate advocacy activities into material for the media, tracking news coverage of the organization, and collaborating with the organization’s Senior Director, Digital Communications, to create and curate engaging content.

Prior to joining First Focus, Vasquez was a Field Representative for the State Office of US Senator Martin Heinrich, New Mexico, where he managed an issue portfolio that included immigration, civil rights, colonias development, international trade, economic development, and education. Before joining Senator Heinrich’s office, Vasquez was the vice president of public relations for a national home safety technology company, where he managed internal and external communications for three of the company’s subsidiaries and its investors. Vasquez also served as the executive director of the Las Cruces Hispanic Chamber of Commerce and worked for several years as a newspaper editor, where he received several press association awards for business writing.

Vasquez has been invested in the communities he works in, serving on the boards of the Casa de Peregrinos Emergency Food Kitchen, Las Cruces Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, Honor Flight of Southern New Mexico, Downtown Las Cruces Partnership, and the Young Philanthropists of Southern New Mexico. He is a first-generation American with roots in Ciudad Juarez, Chihuahua, Mexico, and holds a B.A. in English and Journalism from New Mexico State University.

Resources by Gabriel Vasquez

Urban Institute, First Focus, unveil Kids’ Share 2016 findings Sept. 20

| September 8, 2016 |

Washington – The social and economic policy think tank Urban Institute and non-partisan children’s advocacy group First Focus will unveil the results of Kids’

Congress May Be at Recess, but Advocates Still Hard at Work

| September 6, 2016 |

Youth Today By Allen Fennewald 9/6/2016 When Congress adjourns for recess, youth welfare advocates often take a break during the summer. However, with the presidential

Home Visiting Programs Work: Here’s the Proof

| August 22, 2016 |

The Chronicle of Social Change By Karen Howard 8/22/16 As a career advocate for children, I applaud Los Angeles County’s innovative efforts to reduce child

Former foster kids tell Congress what policies they needed

| August 20, 2016 |

Bryan County News By Lois M. Collins 8/20/16 When Vaneshia Reed was 15, she was removed from the home of her mother, who abused

Twenty years after its enactment, TANF has lost its buying power

| August 18, 2016 |

Washington – Once intended to be the nation’s most innovative anti-poverty program, the only federal cash assistance program designed to help lift families out

Pay Up or Park: Texas Links Child Support to Car Registration

| August 9, 2016 |

Governing The state’s rare approach is meant to increase child support payments. But some say it will do the opposite. By J.B. Wogan 8/9/16

Presidential candidates silent on child poverty

| August 4, 2016 |

The Orlando Advocate By Mona Shand 8/4/16 TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – At the conventions and on the campaign trail, Floridians are hearing plenty from both

An Upstream Approach: Using Data-Driven Home Visiting to Prevent Child Abuse

| August 2, 2016 |

The Chronicle of Social Change By Daniel Heimpel 8/2/16 Today, Los Angeles County’s Board of Supervisors will vote on a motion to move 103 public health nurses

Experts: Unimproved Child Poverty Rates Ignored by Presidential Candidates

| July 31, 2016 |

KMA LAND 960 AM & 99.1 FM By Bob Kessler 7/31/16 (Des Moines) — The percentage of children living in poverty has not improved

Tackling Child Poverty in the U.S: Lessons from the U.K.

| July 28, 2016 |

Washington Monthly Increasing financial support for children and their families should be the starting point. By Lara Burt 7/28/16 In 1999, U.K. Prime Minister Tony