2003 Inductee - Anthony Tony Gutierrez


2003 Inductee - Anthony Tony Gutierrez

Politics

Anthony Gutierrez is being inducted into this hall of fame because of his 37+ years of service to the community, state and nation. He also gave two years of his life to serve in the Peace Corps. Currently his is a member of the San Joaquin County Board of Education and has a private law practice in downtown Stockton.

Gutierrez has been practicing law since 1979. Prior to that he worked in Sacramento as a director of the State of California CETA office from 1977 to 1979. He was executive director of Stockton’s Council for the Spanish Speaking in the years 1974 to 1977. Washington, C.C. was his home from 1971 to 1974 when he was director of administration for Interstate Research Associates, a bilingual consulting and management firm. From 1970 to 1971 he was Executive Director of the San Joaquin County Community Action Agency. After earning a B.A. degree from the University of California at Berkeley in 1964 he attended Peace Corps training at the University of Washington at Seattle during the summer of 1964. He was a Peace Corps volunteer in Bolivia from 1964 to 1966.

Gutierrez was a seasonal agricultural and cannery laborer in the Stockton and San Joaquin County area from 1957 to 1964. During that time he attended Delta College and graduated in 1962. In 1968 he received a M.A. degree from the University of the Pacific (UOP), and a secondary teaching credential. He continued his education by earning a California community college teaching credential in 1975. “I did teach two different classes, but teaching was not my chosen profession so I did not become a teacher.” A major turning point for him might have been getting a Juris Doctorate Degree from Stockton’s Humphrey Law School in 1978. He became a member of the California Bar that same year.

Gutierrez has been on the County Board of Education since 1996. He won the seat for Area 4 in 1996 and was reelected in March 2002. “I wanted to contribute my services to my community. Furthermore, I believe we need bilingual and bicultural people on such important boards that make policy decisions affecting our students.” He has been a commissioner for the City of Stockton’s Charter Review Commission (1990), a member of Stockton’s steering committee of leadership (1981-1987), and a board member of the city’s chamber of commerce (1983-1986).

Gutierrez has served on state and national boards as well, such as the White House Conference on Aging in 1972. He has been given several awards such as commendation resolutions from the state senate and state assembly in 1989 and the “Outstanding Citizen Award” from the Stockton Teachers’ Association in 1989. The National Council of La Raza named him recipient of the National Recognition Award in 1978 for “developing employment and training programs for the poor and disadvantaged.” In 1979 La Cooperativa Campensina de California honored him for his work as CETA director.