Mary Anne Gamba

Co-Founder and Director

Mary Anne Gamba is a 2006 Co-Founder of the Gamba Family Foundation. Her commitment to improve the disparity in educational outcomes for marginalized children was ignited during the racially charged 1960’s and 70’s. As Nurse-Social Worker at a Head Start program, she recognized the devastating impact of institutional discrimination. She responded by working on voter registration, managing school board campaigns for candidates aligned with her concerns, and volunteering in schools.

Her experience motivated her to seek insight regarding the complexity of race and socio-economics in American society.  That inspired her return to the University of Pennsylvania, where she graduated with a Master’s Degree in Sociology. Thereafter, she taught Sociology at a Community College where she gained additional insight about the difficulties faced by minority adults as they sought to improve their lives, and those of their children, through education.


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