Maricela Gutiérrez is the executive director of SIREN, an immigrant and refugee rights organization with offices in San Jose and Fresno, California. SIREN’s focus areas include: Legal Services, Policy Advocacy, Civic Engagement and Community Organizing.
Maricela has extensive experience in grassroots community organizing, policy advocacy, and integrating trauma informed care models, working primarily with BPIOC and immigrant communities. Under her leadership, SIREN has significantly grown Its demographic reach and service delivery model by expanding services to build the political power of youth and rural, hard to reach immigrant communities in California.
Maricela currently serves on the Board of Directors for the statewide Chicano Latino Youth Leadership Project, Valley LEAP that fights for better air quality in the Central Valley and sits on the Oakland Museum of CA Latino Commission.
Maricela is the daughter of Mexican farmworkers who migrated from San Luis Potosí, México and raised their five children in the Central Valley. As a graduate of the University of California at Berkeley, Maricela also had the opportunity to study at the Universidad Autonoma de México in México City.