Oscar Gutierrez has been a member of CommUnify’s Board and a member of Santa Barbara City Council representing the 3rd district since 2018. In his 19-year career in journalism and videography Mr. Gutierrez worked for ABC, Warner Brothers, Univision, SBCC, and UCSB, among others, and received more than 30 national and regional nominations and awards. That career also involved working with local government and public service sectors and providing media coverage of local politics. It was those experiences which prompted him to serve as the first millennial to serve on the Santa Barbara City Council.
As a bilingual member of Council, Mr. Gutierrez is able to engage with Santa Barbara’s diverse population, including those who previously felt underrepresented. He serves on several committees including Ordinance, State Street Subcommittee, Community Events & Festivals, Community Development & Human Services, Arts Advisory, Fire and Police Commission, PATH Neighborhood Partnership, and Santa Barbara Youth Council and others, in addition to being on the CommUnify Board.
Mr. Gutierrez is proud to be a native of Santa Barbara and to represent the constituents of his hometown. He is an alumnus of San Marcos High School, having graduated with honors. He then attended Santa Barbara City College and graduated from the School of Media Arts, earning three national awards. Mr. Gutierrez then went on to earn a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of California, Santa Barbara and won UCLA’s Best Documentary award for his senior film project.