Cecilia Gutierrez has dedicated her entire career to lifting up and advocating for children and families residing in low-income communities, particularly black and brown children.
Currently, Cecilia serves as a Strategic Consultant for the Obama Foundation, working to advance equity and opportunities for boys and young men of color. Prior to the Obama Foundation, Cecilia spent six year working at the Miami Children’s Initiative (MCI), initially as Vice President for Development and within a year, as its’ President/CEO. The organization utilizes the framework of the nationally renowned Harlem Children's Zone to transform Liberty City into a prosperous community. This encompasses the following: 1) Strengthening the family structure with quality support services; 2) Educational tools and resources that stem low academic achievement, and 3) Connect high school graduates and adults to higher educational institutions that will ultimately create pathways for sustainable employment. Under Cecilia’s leadership, the organization’s community work brought tremendous national recognition, including the selection of MCI as a 2016 Citi Foundation Community Progress Maker to accelerate economic opportunities in Liberty City. In 2015, MCI was selected as the community partner for Clinton Global Initiative University Day of Action. Cecilia was able to grow the organization from a team of 4 people with a half million dollar budget to a team of 60 with a $2.7 million operation budget.