Before Congress, he served in the Navy for ten years, reaching the rank of Lt. Commander and attended college on a Naval Reserve Officer Training Corps (R.O.T.C.) scholarship. Gil was the first in his family to graduate from college, he has a B.A. in Political Science from The George Washington University and also holds an MBA from Regis University and M.A. in Urban Education Policy from Brown.
Following his service and education, he worked as a shipping and production manager for Frito-Lay, before having the good fortune of winning the California Lottery. He and his wife used their winnings to start the Gilbert and Jacki Cisneros Foundation, which invests in students and veterans and college access and affordability programs. Gil is the son of a public school cafeteria worker and a Vietnam veteran, he and his wife Jacki are residents of Yorba Linda as well as parents to a pair of twin boys.
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