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An Invitation to Dinner

By Robert L. Gutierrez



Robert L. Gutierrez is a Fellow of The Business Forum Institute and has directed the Archdiocesan Youth Employment Services in Los Angeles, California since 1976, which is now one of the largest workforce investment youth providers in California.  Under his leadership, the Archdiocesan Youth Employment Services (AYE) of Catholic Charities of Los Angeles has provided over 80,000 disadvantaged young people with paid internships, counseling, education and career services.   His career with the Archdiocese began in 1969 when he accepted an opportunity to serve as a representative, which was then called the Neighborhood Youth Corps   After serving three years and attending East Los Angeles College evenings, he left to continue his education at the University of California, Berkeley.  During the summers of 1974 and 1975, he returned to coordinate the AYE summer programs. Throughout his over 40 years of service, he has been a strong advocate for youth and underserved people.  He is Vice President for the Board of Directors for �Making the Right Connections�, a parish-based educational enrichment program that serves 1200 children and focuses on gang prevention in South Los Angeles. He is actively involved with the Los Angeles Chamber Commerce Education and Workforce, and Healthcare committees. Previously, he served as board member for the Salesian Boys and Girls Club; Catholic Charities Regional Board; United Way Volunteer Management Committee and Archdiocesan of Los Angeles Detention Ministry, now Restorative Justice.  He has been recognized for his dedication and commitment by Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa; County of Los Angeles Board of Supervisors; United Way; National Philanthropy, and Shakespeare Festival LA/Willpower among others.   Bob has a bachelor�s degree from Haas Business School at the University of California, Berkeley and Master�s in Public Administration from the Center for Public Policy at California State University at Long Beach.  He also completed UCLA Anderson School�s Executive Management Program.

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