Ana Gutierrez is an associate director at JFF. She conducts research, plans activities, and provides technical assistance for Linked Learning initiatives, including the Regional Hubs of Excellence and Pathways to Prosperity projects.
Ana has over 10 years of experience in education, nonprofits, government, and politics. In education, Ana worked on projects ranging from teacher preparation pathway development between regional K–14 systems and university teacher credentialing institutions to creating a study abroad program and scholarship for underrepresented first-generation community college students.
In government, she worked on inclusionary housing policies, land use management, and the creation of a seven-year Community Investment Grant for a local municipality that funded a neighborhood-based nonprofit providing social, educational, and health services to a community plagued by gang violence and poverty. She conducted a quantitative analysis for the US Department of Labor's apprenticeship program as a part of an international research team.
Ana enjoyed a 14-year teaching career in California as an English teacher at Liberty High School and a tenured English professor at Los Medanos College. She has also held various leadership positions as a board member of a nonprofit and as a city council member and vice mayor in California.
Ana has bachelor's degrees in molecular and cell biology and English literature from the University of California, Berkeley. She recently obtained a master's degree from the Institute d'Etudes Politiques de Paris (SciencesPo) with concentrations in economic and territorial development and global energy and sustainability policy. She also holds a master's degree in cross-cultural teaching from National University.