Gloria has nearly 20 years' experience in marketing and economic development - international and domestic - including project management and sector marketing initiatives for advanced technologies and digital media; foreign direct investment; diplomatic relations; export counseling; event planning; tradeshow marketing; industry market research; lead tracking; and project qualification.
Gloria serves as the Director of Marketing and Community Relations for BRIDG, a not-for-profit consortium for smart sensors and next-generation technology located in Osceola County, Fla. that is facilitating the connection between innovation and industry and “bridging the innovation development gap” that makes commercialization possible.
Before joining BRIDG, Gloria was the Director of Strategic Project Management for the Orlando Economic Development Commission (EDC) and was responsible for projects and initiatives with a long-term perspective advancing organizational and regional competitive advantage. This included the management of EDC legislative priorities and task forces focused on military defense and advanced technologies initiatives.
Prior to the EDC, Gloria was in charge of coordinating new business development and marketing efforts for CHEP Americas, a global pallet and container pooling solutions company. Her experience also includes internships in National Public and Government Relations for AAA (American Automobile Association) and Publicity and Promotions for Pinecastle Records/American Bluegrass Network, a bluegrass record label and syndicated radio show.
Gloria has served on the Board of Directors for Team Orlando (military collaborative alliance supplemented, supported and augmented by academic and industry leaders in the modeling and simulation, human performance, and training domains) and MicheLee Puppets, as well as on planning committees and advisory boards for Orange County (Florida Simulation Summit), the Orlando Science Center (OTRONICON), the Orange County Regional History Center, and Visit Orlando. Gloria's industry affiliations include the Florida Photonics Cluster, National Center for Simulation, and Women in Defense (Charter Member, Central Florida Chapter).