Gabriel Albornoz was appointed to serve as the Director of the Montgomery County Recreation Department by County Executive Ike Leggett in January 2007. At age 30, he became the youngest cabinet level appointment in the history of Montgomery County. As Director of the Department, he is responsible for overseeing 37 Recreation facilities including community recreation centers, administrative offices, aquatic centers, and senior centers, over 3,000 employees, and manages the Department’s $28 million budget.
Albornoz is a graduate of the University of Maryland’s Rawlings Fellowship and is a member of the Leadership Montgomery Class of 2008. He has received numerous community awards recognizing his work with youth and families including the “Poder Con Ganas” award from the Hispanic Democratic Club of Montgomery County, the “Hometown Hero” award from Commerce Bank, and the “Community Hero Award” from the Long Branch Athletic Association. Albornoz is a life long Montgomery County resident and graduated from Walt Whitman High School. He received his Bachelors Degree from the University of Maryland and a Masters in Business Administration from the Johns Hopkins University. He lives in Kensington, Maryland with his wife Catherine and their children Alicia and Paul