Jose Guadalupe G. Gutierrez
Born and raised in South Los Angeles, from an early age Jose noticed a critical lack of greenspaces in his community. Upon graduating high school, Jose served as a community organizer with From Lot to Spot, a social justice nonprofit that works to create parks and community gardens in low-income communities of color. As organizer, Jose oversaw the development and stewardship of 13 parks and community gardens across Los Angeles County, along with a project to install 100 trees in the unincorporated community of Lennox. In 2015 Jose joined the Los Angeles Neighborhood Land Trust, where he currently serves as the Garden Organizer for the organization's five community garden projects. In his role as organizer, Jose oversees the management and operations of the garden projects, along with the development of garden leadership teams. Through his work at the Neighborhood Land Trust, Jose developed a passion for expanding community garden access to neighborhoods across the Los Angeles Region. In 2015 he joined the board of the Los Angeles Community Garden Council, where he serves as communications committee chair. Stemming from his work as a greenspace organizer, Jose is passionate about park-equity, and believes that everyone in Los Angeles, regardless of race or socio-economic status, deserves to live within walking distance of a park or garden. In 2014, he received a Bachelor of Arts in History from Whittier College and is currently pursuing a Master's in Landscape Architecture at Cal Poly Pomona.