During his freshman year, Gutierrez was a Policy, Politics & Law Scholar at American University’s School of Public Affairs. He was originally pursuing a Bachelor of Arts degree in Legal Studies. Gutierrez was expected to graduate in May 2022 as part of his Policy, Politics & Law Cohort. However, the COVID-19 pandemic led him to transition to organize digitally. Gutierrez developed a passion for Digital Marketing and its adaptability and accessibility. Therefore, he decided to drop his 3-year program and enroll in the Kogod School of Business where he is now expected to graduate in May 2023.
Gutierrez is part of American University’s SPA Leadership Program where he seeks a certificate in Advanced Leadership Studies. As a freshman, he was part of the Racial Injustice Cohort in which he led the “Resisting Recidivism: A Collect Effort” Project.
Gutierrez is originally from Lima, Peru. He first immigrated to the United States in kindergarten and then went back to Peru to finish his primary school education. He came back in seventh grade and lived in Rockville, Maryland. He graduated from Rockville High School with both a High School Diploma and an International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma and received a Maryland Certificate of Merit for outstanding grades. He was the school-wide Student Government Secretary, President of Rockville for Change – a club that advocates for social change in the school and county, and a Minority Scholars Program Founder, a club that strengthens and represents racial minorities’ voices. He was also the Director of Communications at a county organization, Montgomery County Students for Change, which tackles challenging intersectional issues within our generation as a collective student force.
Gutierrez has a strong background in gun violence prevention. During his first semester, he interned at Guns Down America, a non-profit working for a future with fewer guns by weakening the gun industry, weakening the gun lobby, and fighting against corrupt NRA-paid politicians. Gutierrez created and edited social media material for the successful Walmart Must Act Campaign which concluded in multiple megastores forbidding open carry in their stores, halting ammunition sales, and decreasing gun sales. He also created phonebank scripts for the Business Must Act Campaign and helped launch the campaign. Gutierrez also served as the Social Media Deputy Director for March for Our Lives DC and was an outstanding leader at MoCo Students for Change where he organized a walkout calling on politicians to vote on S.42, the Background Check Expansion Act in the Spring of 2019.
Giovanni Gutierrez is also passionate about electing Democratic candidates to Congress. In October of 2018, he canvassed for Marc Elrich and helped him achieve his election for County Executive in Montgomery County. In the Summer of 2019, Gutierrez became a Fellow at Democracy Summer. He canvassed for Elizabeth Guzman and Hala Ayala, two Latina women running for reelection in Virginia. He also phonebanked for Elizabeth Guzman and Dan McCready from North Carolina. Gutierrez also worked with AU Students for Bernie Sanders in 2020.