Gladys was born in Los Angeles and moved to Marin County when she was 11 years old. She graduated from San Francisco State University with a bachelor’s in criminal justice. Growing up she had friends that struggled due to not having a good support system. Now, working at the Multicultural Center of Marin as a Parent Partner, she is able to uplift families and work with them through their struggles. She enjoys being able to give back to her community as a positive role model for families and youth who are struggling – letting them know they can succeed in the community and in life in general.