Gabriella “Gaby” Rowe is the Executive Director of The Ion, a 300,000-square foot structure designed to bring the area’s entrepreneurial, corporate and academic communities together into collaborative spaces and programs. The Ion supports businesses at all stages of the innovation lifecycle and provides resources for Houstonians seeking to participate in the innovation economy. The innovation space is also a place where academic and corporate partners are integrated into a robust environment of educational events, demonstrations, hack-a-thons and programming.
Prior to becoming the executive director of The Ion, Gaby was CEO of Station Houston, the city’s largest hub for startup technology acceleration, corporate innovation and entrepreneurship. She took Station Houston to the next level as a dominant global innovation hub and as Rice University’s partner for content and programming in the development of Houston’s much-anticipated innovation district.
Prior to Station Houston, Gaby was a serial entrepreneur, education executive, investment banker and management consultant in New York City for more than 25 years. Gaby received her Bachelors- of-Arts from Bryn Mawr College in Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania and full Masters coursework from Bank Street College of Education in New York City, New York. Gaby and her husband, Kenny, have four children. She is an avid runner and football fan and can often be found at the stables riding her horse Paloma!