Gili grew up in Maryland and received his BA from the University of Maryland. He spent several years in San Francisco and Santa Cruz in California and then moved back to his birth place, New York City. In 2010, Gili returned to Israel to better experience the Israeli in him.
He received an MS from the New School for Social Research and worked for several different nonprofits on disaster relief & recovery, environmental advocacy and mental health entrepreneurship.
Gili practices T'ai Chi Chih and is a Field Center Certified Facilitator. He currently lives with his wife, Cindy, in Ra'anana, Israel.