Maria L. Gutierrez

Retired, Senior Vice President, Regional Director and Political Sales Director of Local Media at Univision

Los Angeles, California

For 28 years Maria served as Senior Vice President and Regional Director and Political Director of Local Media for Univision.

Under her leadership, Univision became the leading Spanish-language television station in the San Joaquin Valley, winning prestigious awards and honors for “Best Newscast” and outstanding journalism from the Radio Television News Directors Association, the National Academy of Television, Arts and Science, and the Northern California Radio, Television News Director Association of Northern California.

Earning numerous recognition and honors for her service to the Hispanic community, Maria continues to be an active member of the Central Valley community. She serves on the board of the Parent Institute for Quality Education (PIQUE), Fresno State Art and Humanities, and the San Joaquin Governors Debate Committee.

Maria is the recipient of various honors and awards, including, “Woman of the Year” by the Marjory Mason Center.

Maria’s faith and love for family, public service, and community is guided by her belief in shining a light on issues that impact the quality of life in the Central Valley. As the only child of immigrant parents, Maria’s own narrative is the story of the American Dream.

A native of Los Angeles, Maria is a graduate of Loyola Marymount University where she received her Bachelor of Science degree in History and Political Science, and went on to do her graduate studies at the University of Southern California.

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