Before his calling as Bishop, Gutiérrez had a distinguished career in both The Episcopal Church and in public service in New Mexico. Rebuilding and growing churches were the hallmark of his time in key leadership positions at The Episcopal Diocese of the Rio Grande. At the request of the Presiding Bishop, he served in an administrative oversight position for The Episcopal Church in Navajoland, which included being vice president of the Navajoland Economic Development Corporation.
His career in public service included serving as chief of staff to the Mayor of Albuquerque and Director of Economic Development. More than 25,000 private sector jobs were created as a result of efforts to recruit new businesses and expand existing ones.
With his involvement in local, state, and national politics and extensive experience and expertise in government, Gutiérrez also taught political consulting and marketing as an adjunct professor at the University of New Mexico. In 1998, he founded a strategy, marketing, media, and political consulting company called Mensajes.
Throughout his years in public service and in the church, Gutiérrez has served as a board member for numerous national organizations. In 2018, he served as vice-chairperson of The Social Justice and International Policy Committee for the 79th General Convention of The Episcopal Church. He currently serves as the president of the International Compass Rose Society; chairman of the Board of Trustees for Episcopal Community Services, The Church Foundation, and the Clergy Assurance Fund; a board member for The Church Farm School, Episcopal Academy, and the American Friends of the Episcopal Diocese. He also is a trustee of the General Seminary of The Episcopal Church. In addition, Gutiérrez is a confrere of the Venerable Order of St. John; a co-convener of the Bishops United Against Gun Violence; and on the Religious Leaders Council of Philadelphia.
A native of New Mexico, Gutiérrez comes from a family that settled in "the Land of Enchantment" in the 1500s. He takes deep pride in his Mexican ancestry, remembering fondly the love, stories, tradition and food of his great grandparents who immigrated from a small town outside of Guadalajara, Mexico.
Gutiérrez received Bachelor of Arts degrees in Political Science and History and a Master of Public Administration (concentration in budgeting), all from the University of New Mexico. While at the University of New Mexico, he was named a Graduate Scholars Fellow; earned a diocesan certificate in Anglican Studies through the Trinity School for Ministry; and a Master in Theological Studies from St. Norbert College.
Aside from his faith, Gutiérrez counts as his most important role and greatest responsibility a position he assumed on June 26, 1998, when he became the extremely proud father of his son Jude, a junior at the University of New Mexico. It is a joy he shares with his wife, best friend, and partner of 28 years, Suzanne Fletcher Gutiérrez. The family shares in this joy with a household of dogs, turtles, pheasants, owls, and the other miscellaneous “pets” that wander through their lives.