Andrea Gutierrez grew up in Lima, Peru and migrated to the US at the age of fifteen. She’s a proud first-generation, non-traditional UCI alumna and works on campus as the inaugural Basic Needs Director.
Andrea opened the first food pantry at UCI in October 2015 and has worked with student and campus leadership to secure long-term funding for its operations and expansion into the center that is now known as the FRESH Basic Needs Hub. In her role, she manages the daily operations and programmatic activities of the center, which houses our campus food pantry and holistic resources and programs to ensure students basic necessities are met. She participates in campuswide efforts to address student basic needs insecurities and advises student leaders. She also serves as co-chair for the campus and Systemwide Basic Needs Committee, which is part of the University of California Global Food Initiative.
Passionate about food equity and access to higher education, Andrea was the recipient of the 2017 Dynamic Woman of UCI Award for Social Justice and the 2018 Distinguished Leadership Award for the Latinx Community at UCI. In Spring 2018, she gave a TEDxUCI Talk titledFood for Thought: How Action Leads to Hope.