Gisèle Huff is the executive director of the Jaquelin Hume Foundation in San Francisco. After a decade in the business world, she earned a Ph.D. in political science, with a concentration in political philosophy, at Columbia University. She then entered academia, teaching at Golden Gate University, San Francisco University High School and Dominican College. While at University High School, she served as the director of development for twelve years. Gisèle ran for the California 6th District seat in the U.S. Congress and was defeated in the primary election of 1998.