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Mabel Gunda

Senior Communications Manager

I serve as the Internet Society Foundation’s Senior Communications Manager, a role in which I develop and implement strategic communications that bring visibility to the funding program areas of the Foundation.

I am a Communications specialist with over 15 years experience managing strategic communications and branding programs across the private and non-profit sectors. In my last job, I led the communications and marketing department at Higherlife Foundation, a philanthropic organization based in Harare, Zimbabwe.

Prior to joining Higherlife Foundation, I served in communications management roles with some of the biggest brands in the world, including General Electric, Gap Inc., and Roche.

I am passionate about helping people and organizations shape and tell their stories through creative communications.

A Ugandan-American, I spent the first 10 years of my life in Nairobi, Kenya, before relocating with my family to New York City. I currently reside in Houston, Texas.

I hold a B.A in English from Mount Holyoke College and a Master of Arts in International Affairs from the Fletcher School at Tufts University.

In my spare time I enjoy reading and traveling.

Get to know Mabel

Favorite Quote “My mission in life is not merely to survive, but to thrive; and to do so with some passion, some compassion, some humor, and some style.”- Maya Angelou

What do you most enjoy about the work you do? Finding and telling stories about how people around the world are creating positive change through the Internet 

Your favorite podcast, book, or movie? I could happily watch the “Sound of Music” at least once a month.   

What do you like to do when you’re not working? Hiking is a recent hobby I’ve taken up, so at least one Saturday a month you can find me on an early morning hike with friends, usually followed by a long lunch. 

Place in the world you’d love to visit? Brazil and New Zealand have been on my list for a while.