Gail is a lifelong connector, a passion that complements her background in education and communication, since both are tools for broadening and deepening connections. As a teacher, she introduces students to global perspectives through books, films, art, and, most recently, through service and travel. As a filmmaker, she has been successful in gaining the trust of people in the indigenous communities of Polynesia, Alaska and Mexico. This has enabled her to create award-winning films that reveal intimate perspectives and personal stories — from the inside out.
During the 1980s she taught at public and private schools and opened a media studio in San Francisco, where she wrote and designed textbooks for major educational publishers. These experiences led to her getting hired to write and produce educational films about indigenous cultures.
Impressed by the power of film as a powerful educational tool, she founded Maiden Voyage Productions, a nonprofit production company dedicated to creating educational media.
The inspiration for World Wise Adventures emerged from Gail’s rediscovery of the world through the eyes of her daughter Emma, who has accompanied her to many locations around the world.
World Wise Adventures inspires young people to become compassionate, informed and engaged citizens of the world through meaningful interactions with diverse local and global cultures. In June 2014, Gail led a group of high school students on a transformative filmmaking service trip to Israel.