Julissa Gutierrez is one of the featured speakers in our next event on Thursday, September 6th, Apps, Activism and the Latino Community. Currently she is the Northeast Director of Civic Engagement for the National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials (NALEO) Educational Fund; responsible for the coordination of the organization’s various community-education campaigns across the region. In this capacity, Julissa has organized dozens of naturalization assistance workshops, voter education forums, non-partisan GOTV campaigns, and voter registration drives. During the 2008 Presidential elections, Julissa managed the Northeast and Florida voter protection hotline for the ya es hora ¡Ve y Vota! Campaign. In 2010, she managed the ya es hora ¡Hagase Contar! Census campaign across the northeast. She has presented at numerous trainings and briefings on issues ranging from the U.S. citizenship application process, to the political implications of the Latino vote, before audiences that have included elected officials, community groups and media.
Prior to joining NALEO, Julissa worked at the NYC Department of Education and the Department of Youth and Community Development. She also completed eight years as a consultant for the Anti-Defamation League’s “A World of Difference” Institute Program, and three years as a volunteer consultant for Amnesty International USA’s multi-cultural work.
Julissa currently serves as Board Chair of New Immigrants Community Empowerment (NICE) and is Co-Chair of the Neighborhood Advisory Board for Community District 4 in Queens, New York. She is also a founding chapter member of Latinas Promoviendo Comunidad/Lambda Pi Chi, Sorority, Inc. Omicron Chapter at the University of Delaware. Most recently, she was honored as an Emerging Leader by Womensphere and as a 2012 New York 40 Under 40 Rising Latino Star by the Hispanic Coalition of NY, Inc.
A native of Corona, Queens, New York, Julissa holds a Masters in Community Organizing, Planning and Development from the University of Chicago and a Bachelors degree in International Relations from the University of Delaware.