Luis Gutierrez

Luis is a Manager for Community Engagement at Southern California Edison. In this role, Luis identifies 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 LURN, a community and economic development organization in Los Angeles. At LURN, 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 LURN, 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. Prior to working for LURN, Luis worked on public health policy issues throughout the San Gabriel Valley as the Regional Prevention Policy Coordinator for Day One, a public health nonprofit in Pasadena.

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.