Giovanni Gutierrez is a Policy, Politics & Law Scholar in American University’s School of Public Affairs. He seeks a Bachelor of Arts degree in Legal Studies and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Law & Society with a concentration in Criminology. Giovanni Gutierrez is expected to graduate in May 2022 as part of his Policy, Politics & Law Cohort. He is part of American University’s SPA Leadership Program where he seeks a certificate in Advanced Leadership Studies.
Gutierrez is originally from Lima, Peru. He immigrated to the United States in seventh grade. Gutierrez lived in Rockville, Maryland and graduated from Rockville High School with both a High School Diploma and an International Baccalaureate Diploma, and received a Maryland Certificate of Merit. He was his school-wide Student Government Secretary, President of Rockville for Change – a club that fought and advocated for social change in the school and county, and a Minority Scholars Program Founder, a club that strengthened and represented racial minorities’ voices. He was also the Director of Communications at a county organization, Montgomery County Students for Change, which tackled the most challenging intersectional issues within our generation as a collective student force.
Gutierrez has a strong background in gun violence prevention. He interned for Guns Down America, a non-profit working for a future with fewer guns by weakening the gun industry, the gun lobby, and corrupt NRA-paid politicians. Gutierrez created and edited social media material for the successful Walmart Must Act Campain which concluded in multiple megastores forbidding open carry in their stores, halting ammunition sales, and decreasing gun sales Created and tested phonebank scripts. He also created phonebanks 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.