Gabriella Celeste, JD

Policy Director
Schubert Center for Child Studies
Childhood Studies program
College of Arts and Sciences
Adjunct Assistant Professor
Department of Anthropology
College of Arts and Sciences

Gabriella Celeste, JD, Policy Director, is Co-Director of the Childhood Studies Program and an Adjunct Assistant Professor in the Department of Anthropology. She works to build partnerships that promote effective public policy and practice for the well-being of children and adolescents. Gabriella also teaches an undergraduate child policy curriculum, supervises Schubert’s child policy externship program and conducts trainings and presentations on various topics related to child well-being and developmentally-informed policies and practices. She has worked extensively with vulnerable children in various nonprofit and administrative roles, both directly and conducting applied research, evaluation and technical assistance for foundations, nonprofit and government agencies. 

Gabriella co-founded the Juvenile Justice Project of Louisiana in 1997 (now the Louisiana Center for Children's Rights) and has been instrumental in juvenile justice policy reform in Ohio. She was reappointed to the Ohio Public Defender Commission by Governor Kasich in 2015 and currently sits on the Board of Directors for Magnolia Clubhouse, the Youth Risk Behavior Survey Community Advisory Board and the Cuyahoga County “Defending Childhood” Governing Board.

Gabriella received her B.S. from Northwestern University and J.D. from the University of Michigan Law School and lives with her husband and two sons in Shaker Heights, Ohio.