Gustavo Guerra Vásquez supervises staff working on the Hate Crime Prevention, Education, Documentation, and Response initiative. The teams that he leads produce the Commission’s Annual Hate Crime working with various stakeholders to document Hate Crime and work with community-based organizations to respond to such crimes. He previously led the Commission’s efforts in the Washington Involving Neighborhoods Federal Safe Schools/Healthy Students grant collaborative and the implementation of the human relations youth initiative in collaboration with Pomona Unified School District.
Mr. Guerra Vásquez is trained in Advanced Conflict Mediation and has worked in youth training and development for over twenty years. He has worked for the Commission for over a decade.
Mr. Guerra Vásquez is a native of Guatemala who came to Los Angeles at the age of eight and has lived in different parts of greater Los Angeles. He earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in Spanish Literature from the University of California, Santa Cruz with Honors in the Major and College Honors and went on to pursue a graduate degree at the University of California, Berkeley where he completed a Master’s Degree in Comparative Ethnic Studies with coursework in a Designated Emphasis in Women, Gender, and Sexuality.
Mr. Guerra Vásquez has been a member of various organizations’ Boards of Directors and is currently on the Alumni Advisory group for UC Santa Cruz’s “Students with Agency.” He has also developed talents as a multi-disciplinary artist and has had his artistic and academic work published in poetic and academic anthologies. A dynamic and engaging speaker, Gustavo has performed and toured different spoken word groups who use their performances to improve Human Relations among individuals and communities.