Luis Gutierrez

Luis is the Director of Energy and Water in the Office of Los Angeles Mayor Karen Bass.

Previously he was a Manager for Community Engagement at Southern California Edison. In this role, Luis identified strategic partnerships to build with community organizations and build capacity for policy engagement campaigns in support of Edison’s efforts to integrate with California’s goals to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and air pollutants.

Before joining Edison, Luis was the Director of Policy and Research for Inclusive Action, a community and economic development organization in Los Angeles. At IA, Luis directed advocacy and research initiatives designed to promote and build economically resilient communities. There, he advanced policy efforts to uplift entrepreneurs, such as sidewalk vendors, in low-income communities and developed initiatives to make capital more accessible to small businesses. Also at IA Luis launched programs designed to engage new audiences such as the podcast “Know Your City,” which explores leadership in the context of community development, and East LA’s first ever solar powered music and arts festival, Eastside Sol.

Luis has more than 10 years of professional experience in community engagement, advocacy, policy analysis, program evaluation and research design. Luis holds a BA in Sociology and Spanish Literature from Wesleyan University, a Master’s Degree in Public Administration from Cal State LA, and is currently earning a Doctorate in Policy, Planning and Development from USC.