Gabriel Brian Franco is a first generation American, not for profit attorney, and avid public servant for communities in Little Egg Harbor and the South Jersey Shore area. Gabe grew up experiencing the realities of poverty which spurred his dedication to serving others and helping the disadvantaged and less fortunate. He's running for LEH Township Committee because he’s driven by public service and wants to put his skills and experience to use for the public good, and to create a greater sense of community and government accountability in Little Egg Harbor.
After attending public high school in Lakewood, New Jersey, Gabe went on to earn undergraduate degrees at Ocean County College and Seton Hall University where he graduated summa cum laude with degrees in criminal justice. During undergraduate summers he volunteered as a humanitarian aid missionary to provide food, medicine, and school supplies to some of the most neglected areas in the Western hemisphere including Haiti, barrios of the Dominican Republic, and Peruvian villages of the Amazon Rainforest. After earning a Bachelor’s Degree, he went on to earn a Jurist Scholarship from Valpariaso University School of Law where he graduated in 2010 with a Doctorate of American Jurisprudence.
Professionally, Gabe is Chief Legal Officer (CLO) of LatinoXRadio -a not for profit corporation serving Southern New Jersey, and he recently founded a technology startup. He has more than a decade of experience in senior executive management within companies large and small, and even more holding office in charitable organizations including the Animal Legal Defense Fund and the Atlantic City Multi-Cultural Committee. He has held Series 66 and series 7 licenses and is licensed to practice law in New Jersey and Federal District Courts.
Gabe first took an interest in politics while studying under the late Ocean County Freeholder, John C Bartlett who taught him about the interplay between government, politics, and life in America. Gabe learned about the inequities that undue influence of corporations and large donors creates in our government, and became an advocate for national campaign finance reform and voter rights. In 2016 he joined more than 10,000 Americans in marching from Philadelphia to Washington DC to demand that Congress enact campaign finance reform. That same year and in years following, he also joined Senator Bernard Sanders’ non-partisan voter protection team which represented Democrat, Republican and unaffiliated voters in court to ensure that their votes counted. Gabe continues to support organizations such as Represent.Us and Wolf-PAC in their efforts to promote the American Anti-Corruption Act.
Outside of the political space, Gabe dedicates hundreds of volunteer hours every year to many worthy causes including the Salvation Army, Faces 4 Autism, Saint Theresa's Food Pantry in Little Egg Harbor, the Hispanic Alliance of Atlantic County, and other organizations. He sits on Advisory Boards of Federal Chaplains Association Service & Unity International Inc. and Friends in Action Inc. where he helped to develop a nationally recognized workforce development program aimed at teaching at-risk young people union trades and providing union work placement.
A lifelong resident of Ocean County, Gabe and his wife Dimple, a registered Nurse, live in the Mystic Islands section of Little Egg Harbor with their dog Russell. Together they enjoy the outdoors and adventure travel. And when on his own, Gabe enjoys composing classical piano, auto restoration, and mountain biking.