Distinguished Alumna Award
The Distinguished Alumna Award is given annually to a graduate who “uses her God-given talents to better her community.” The 2017-18 award will be presented at the January 31, 2018 school liturgy; a reception follows for family and friends. Nominations for this honor are accepted from the entire alumnae community. Please click HERE for a complete list of past recipients.
The Alumnae Board is pleased to announce the Distinguished Alumna for 2017-2018 is Gabriella Brignardello,Class of 2012.
From 2003 to 2007, Gabriella raised money for the Make-A-Wish Foundation of Greater Los Angeles through a weekly neighborhood recycling program that taught her the challenges and rewards of fundraising for an organization that helped children. In 2009, at the start of her sophomore year at La Reina, she decided to dedicate herself to a cause that was even closer to her heart: education in Peru – her father’s native country which she had visited numerous times. At the age of 15, Gabriella founded Mi Casa de Angeles with the mission of building schools and supporting a higher quality of education in impoverished areas around Lima, Peru.
During her time at La Reina, she continued to support her cause through community fundraising events that were heavily supported by her classmates. After 6 years of hard but rewarding work, in March 2015, Mi Casa de Angeles and its Peruvian NGO partner, Sembrando Juntos, opened a jointly built and managed nursery/daycare and preschool in the shantytown Pachacutec, Lima, Peru that is currently serving over 300 students from the surrounding areas through its nursery program (ages 0-3), its 4 classrooms (ages 3-5), and its community library. All of Mi Casa de Angeles’ fundraising efforts today go towards funding the maintenance and operation of this initial level school, as well as the education of the children who attend it.
After La Reina, Gabriella attended Stanford University and graduated in 2016 with a Bachelor of Science in Symbolic Systems (concentrating in Human Computer Interaction) and a Minor in Spanish. For the past year and a half, she has been working as an Associate for the strategy consulting firm, Parthenon-EY, in their Los Angeles office, while continuing in her role as the Founder and CEO of Mi Casa de Angeles.