Gabriela Hess

With over 20 years of experience at large companies and consultancies alike, Gaby has a strong track record of launching outcome-oriented programs and initiatives to drive key aspects of organizational development, including talent management, learning, and leadership. Her background in human capital strategy development and execution as well as executive team mobilization spans multiple industries and organizations, from major public companies to leading universities, and she draws on these eclectic experiences to devise solutions for some of the firm’s largest clients.

Armed with business experience across multiple continents, Gaby brings a global perspective to her role as Principal at Navigate, where she shepherds businesses through their transformation journeys with confidence and clarity. Working closely with top leaders, Gaby speaks the language of the C-suite, partnering with executive teams to translate their vision into reality. Over the course of her career, Gaby has honed these skills at organizations including Vanguard, Johns Hopkins University, and T. Rowe Price.

A naturally curious problem solver and critical thinker, Gaby has a knack for identifying, building, and engaging effective leaders and teams. Her collaborative, consultative style and accessible approach to leadership have driven the success of multiple highly visible, large-scale projects, including the development and implementation of a five-year strategic plan for a major health system, as well as the execution of a workforce planning strategy for a prominent global nonprofit.

An avid traveler and Spanish speaker, nothing makes Gaby happier than a new stamp on her passport. When she’s not busy trotting the globe, you can find Gaby relaxing with her inner circle, which includes her family, three pets, and plenty of plants.

Get to Know Gaby
I’m originally from:
Baltimore, MD – currently in Arlington, VA
My last meal would be:
My mom’s meat stuffing taquitos!
I could teach you how to:
Make a mean peach sangria, or make a hook turn in the city streets of Melbourne.
Why I love my job:
I get to know people in a meaningful way and support them in their continuous development.
Rule to live by:
Always return your shopping cart to the designated drop-off point.

Rob Kathol

Founder & Managing Partner

Lou Arace

Chief Operating Officer

Eileen Bartholomew

Customer Experience Delivery Leader

Lauren Black

Director of Talent

Amber Chubb


Melissa Dimitri


Rebecca Feinberg

Chief People Officer

Brady Halligan


Jill Heist


Gabriela Hess


Patrick Hoban


Kim Huggins


Brian Lee


Tatsiana Martynava


Margie Otto


Adam Taicher


Erin Thibault


Marc Watrous, PhD

Strategic Advisor

Heidi White

Chief Marketing Officer