Gabby Billiot

Associate Education Designer

Gabby brings a passion for building relationships and community paired with experiences in ​​nonprofit program management, career and technical education, event management, student success, and marketing communications to her role as an Associate Education Designer with the Community College Growth Engine at the Education Design Lab. In her position at the Lab, Gabby supports the efforts of the CCGE in developing micro-pathways to create talent pipelines to address labor shortages through the development of strong employer relationships.

Prior to joining the Lab, Gabby held multiple roles within state offices and regional nonprofits working with students and systems at the K-12 and community college levels. Most recently, Gabby was with the Niswonger Foundation, where she served as the program coordinator for the CareerConnect Program which provides skill development, career exploration and experiences, as well as college access opportunities for high school students in rural Appalachia. Additionally, Gabby held the role of College Access and Success Outreach Fellow with the Community and Technical College System of West Virginia, where she assisted with grassroots efforts of launching the West Virginia Invests scholarship program and its ambassador program, as well as conducting regional labor market analysis for the Perkins V grant.

All in all, Gabby’s experiences are rooted in providing access and opportunities to support and empower (l)earners to achieve their career and personal goals. Gabby’s excited to be a part of the Lab because of its unique and innovative approach to address wide-scale problems and create sustainable change.

HOMETOWN: Johnson City, Tenn.

BACHELOR’S: B.S. in Media & Communications, East Tennessee State University

MASTER’S: M.Ed in Educational Leadership – Higher Education Administration, Nicholls State University (coming soon!)

FAVORITE QUOTE: “Find out who you are, and do it on purpose.” — Dolly Parton

WHEN I’M NOT AT WORK I’M… at a local concert venue, spinning records at home, hiking local trails to see the best views of the Appalachian Mountains, or cooking classic Cajun recipes that were passed down from her grandmother and her father.