CCEE Appoints Former Cal State LA Development Expert as New President and CEO
For Immediate Release: Tuesday, April 16, 2019
Press Contact: Lexie Nguyen; firstname.lastname@example.org
Los Angeles, April 16, 2019 – The California Council on Economic Education (CCEE) —the statewide nonprofit leading the effort to educate California’s students on economics and personal finance—has named Denise Gutierrez as its new President and Chief Executive Officer (CEO).
“Denise Gutierrez is the ideal person to lead CCEE’s next phase of growth, as the organization expands its reach across the state to empower California’s students, who are our future leaders. The Board of Directors is confident that Ms. Gutierrez will amplify CCEE’s impact,” said Asha B. Joshi, CCEE’s Board Chair and Managing Director at Payden & Rygel Investments.
CCEE’s 2017-18 Annual Report–released in February of this year–cited the organization’s impact on nearly 2,000 teachers and almost 200,000 students in California, with plans for substantial growth in the years ahead.
Ms. Gutierrez joins CCEE after serving 4 years as the Director of Development at the College of Business and Economics at Cal State Los Angeles, where she led extensive efforts to secure funding for the College’s programs. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology and a Master’s degree in Leadership and Management from the University of La Verne.
“When I was the first in my family to graduate from college and begin my career, I pledged that I would always remain in service to the community that I came from,” said Ms. Gutierrez, who grew up in El Sereno, California, a neighborhood in East Los Angeles. “I am grateful to have the opportunity to lead CCEE as it continues to advance its mission to provide young Californians with economic and financial education, so that they may succeed in today’s global economy.”
CCEE’s former CEO Allysunn Walker-Williams expressed unwavering support for her successor: “Ms. Gutierrez joins CCEE as it embarks on its next chapter of momentous progress. Her ability to excel in everything that she does—motivated by a strong conviction to serve her community—will elevate CCEE.” Ms. Walker-Williams stepped down from her role in March 2019 but remains on CCEE’s Board of Directors.
About CCEE: For nearly 60 years, The California Council on Economic Education (CCEE) has been dedicated to creating a brighter financial future for California students. CCEE is a non-profit organization that provides economic and financial literacy training and resources to K-12 teachers, students and parents in California. The mission of CCEE is to work with Californians to develop financially literate students who thrive in the global economy.