Gavriela Geller, Executive Director
Gavriela Geller, a native of Kansas City, is the Executive Director of Director of JCRB|AJC. She previously worked for AJC’s Belfer Institute for Latino and Latin American Affairs (BILLA), managing a grant from the Ford Foundation. In that capacity, she implemented programs across the country to advance immigration reform and strengthen Latino-Jewish relations. She also served as AJC’s immigration policy analyst, identifying advocacy opportunities and representing the organization on national immigration coalitions. Most recently, Gavi directed the policy and advocacy efforts of the Jewish Community Relations Council (JCRC) of St. Louis. She has also worked at the National Immigrant Justice Center helping detained and LGBTQ immigrants as part of Avodah: The Jewish Service Corps. Gavi holds an M.A. in Jewish cultural arts from the George Washington University and is fluent in Spanish. She serves on the Avodah Kansas City Advisory Council.
Carol Burton, Assistant Director
A Michigan native, Carol attended the University of Michigan (Ann Arbor), graduating with double majors and minors in 1975. After working professionally in banking, marketing incentives, and fundraising event fields, among others, she relocated to Kansas City in 1984 to attend graduate school at UMKC, receiving a Master of Fine Arts in 1987.
During her professional acting career, Burton was also an adjunct instructor in speech, theatre history, voice for the theatre, and acting at UMKC, MCC system, Western Missouri Correctional Center undergraduate program, and Baker University, as well as directing college and semi-professional stage productions, voice coaching, and leading various workshops. She was a founding member of the original supporting board (Strictly Shakespeare) of the Heart of American Shakespeare Festival, and was responsible for creating its Green Shows, which she also wrote and performed.. She created curricula for, taught, and was administrator for Camp Shakespeare in its first few years. Additionally, she worked several years in marketing and communications in the for-profit and non-profit sectors in the Kansas City metro area.
Carol joined JCRB|AJC in 2006 as executive assistant, eventually being promoted to administrative services director, and then to assistant director.
She believes in fairness, and social and economic justice and equality for all, and is a strong supporter of JCRB|AJC’s mission and values.