Loyola University Chicago

Office of the President


Gabrielle Buckley Appointed New Director of Gannon Center

May 11, 2018

Dear Members of the Loyola Community:

We are pleased to announce the appointment of Gabrielle Buckley as the new director of the Gannon Center for Women and Leadership at Loyola University Chicago.

Gabrielle brings extensive experience focused on international law, human rights, social justice, and the empowerment of women and children. In addition to her legal career, she works with nonprofits and raises significant funding for organizations that serve the homeless, asylum seekers, and other vulnerable populations. Her record as a thought leader, advocate, and alliance-builder will serve the Gannon Center and the University well.

Gabrielle holds a Bachelor of Arts in History from Mundelein College and a Juris Doctor from DePaul University. She is an adjunct professor of law at the John Marshall Law School, serves on the Leadership Council of the National Immigrant Justice Center, and chairs the board of WorldChicago. She also serves on the Board of Directors of the U.S.-India Chamber of Commerce (Midwest) and is a frequent speaker on immigration-related topics.

She is currently a partner at Vedder Price P.C., where she counsels companies on all aspects of immigration law and assists clients in obtaining temporary and permanent immigration status.

Among her many honors, Gabrielle is ranked amid the best lawyers in business immigration issues in Chambers Global and holds an “AV Preeminent” Peer Rating in Martindale-Hubbell. She has been selected for inclusion in Illinois Super Lawyers from 2013 to 2018, being named one of the publication’s “Top Women Attorneys in Illinois” in 2013.

Twenty-five years ago, the Gannon Center began as an idea among Loyola’s women leaders to extend the academic legacy of Mundelein College. Named for Ann Ida Gannon, BVM, a longtime president of Mundelein and pioneer in women’s education, the Gannon Center has become an intellectual hub for thinking about women’s scholarship, issues, and concerns in an academic setting. It is a place where the work and vision of women religious remain a central element in Loyola’s mission, conversation, and outreach.

We are deeply grateful to Janet Sisler for extending that vital legacy in her remarkable eight years of leadership at the Gannon Center. Please join us in welcoming Gabrielle Buckley, who will begin her new role July 1.


Jo Ann Rooney, JD, LLM, EdD

Margaret Faut Callahan,
Acting Provost and Chief Academic Officer
Provost, Health Sciences Division