Stephen Gutwillig, Deputy Executive Director, Programs

Stephen Gutwillig leads DPA's public policy program, which includes seven offices across the country. Based in Los Angeles, Gutwillig served as DPA's California director until 2012, overseeing the organization’s statewide legislative agenda, "model city" initiative in San Francisco, and marijuana reform efforts, including advocacy on behalf of Proposition 19 on the 2010 ballot. He has appeared on NBC Nightly News, CNN, Telemundo, and Fox News as well as in the New York Times, Newsweek, Time, Rolling Stone, the Los Angeles Times, Huffington Post, and dozens of other media outlets.

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Gutwillig has worked for cultural and social change organizations in Boston, New York and Los Angeles. Prior to joining DPA, he served for eight years as executive director of Outfest, the L.A.-based nonprofit devoted to nurturing, exhibiting and preserving lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) media. At Outfest, he oversaw the launch of the only LGBT people of color film festival and the only LGBT film preservation program in the world. Gutwillig also previously served as director of development and communications for the Labor/Community Strategy Center, the L.A.-based social and environmental justice organization best known for organizing low-income, transit-dependent bus riders. Gutwillig’s experience includes work as a nonprofit organizational development consultant. He has served since 2006 on the Community Funding Board of the Liberty Hill Foundation, the leading social change grantmaker in Los Angeles.