meet the candidate

Alejandra Gutierrez is the candidate our community needs


Throughout my life, I have worked tirelessly to help others. I have been a relentless voice for the less fortunate and for those in the community who need a little help to reach that next step. I have spent almost two decades supporting and educating youth and working families.  

As the Executive Director of the Franklin Service Center*, I meet the needs of Eastside families every day while managing the local nonprofit on a day-to-day basis. I have seen the struggles that young people go through in our community, and believe that solving those problems will bring about systemic change for generations to come. On City Council, I will work to make sure that Santa Barbara's families have the services they need, while bringing a no-nonsense approach to local government.   

I am running for City Council because I know Santa Barbara can do better. I understand the needs of the community and I continue to be passionate about ensuring the Eastside has a voice that is heard. I will rise above petty differences and growing apathy to bring people together to fix real problems. I know the challenges residents are facing,  and have faced many of those same challenges in my own life. This shared experience will inform the decisions I make that affect our city: to ensure that our streets are safe; to create a better business climate that creates jobs and supports our local economy; and to find affordable housing solutions that make sense. Together, we can move Santa Barbara forward to the future this beautiful city deserves.

*Identification purposes only

Some of my relevant leadership experiences include:

  • Franklin Service Center, Executive Director

  • Santa Barbara South Coast Gang Task Force, Case Manager

  • Santa Barbara High School, Career Center Technician & Community Services Director

  • Santa Barbara City College Community Ambassador

  • Emerging Leaders Program, Leading From Within

  • City of Santa Barbara, Community Development & Human Services Committees

  • Santa Barbara County Commission for Women, past Member

  • Santa Barbara Mariachi Festival & Youth Mariachi Committee

  • University of California at Santa Barbara, graduate

Santa Barbara is at a crossroads and we have the opportunity to shape a better future. Some of the issues are obvious, some are more hidden, but listening to others and being considerate will help us rise above the noise to create real change.  

I ask for your support today so that together, we can create a better tomorrow.