Xavier A. Gutierrez Elected to ACF Board of Directors
The Arizona Community Foundation’s Board of Directors elected Xavier A. Gutierrez to the board. Gutierrez was elected during the board’s September meeting and began his term immediately. ACF Board members serve three-year terms, renewable up to two times.
Xavier Gutierrez is the President, CEO and Alternate Governor of the Arizona Coyotes. Gutierrez joined the Coyotes in June and is the first Latino president and CEO in the NHL. Prior to joining the Coyotes, Gutierrez was the Managing Director at Clearlake Capital Group where he focused on investments, operation, strategic development, and investor client servicing and outreach. Clearlake is a leading private investment firm that manages over $17 billion of institutional capital.
“I am very excited to join the Arizona Community Foundation’s Board of Directors,” said Gutierrez. “Giving back to the community is a top priority for me and my family, and the Arizona Coyotes. I am honored to be a part of this great foundation that does so much good work in our community and positively affects so many people in our state.”
Previously, he served as the Chief Investment Officer of Meruelo Group, where he oversaw investments and acquisitions, and was responsible for deal origination, underwriting, execution, and capital sourcing. He led the strategic management of 40-plus portfolio companies across multiple industries.
Gutierrez currently serves on the Board of Directors of Commercial Bank of California, a privately held, full-service commercial bank based in Los Angeles with over $1.0 billion in assets, the largest Latino-owned bank in California.
He has been very active with several nonprofit, academic and philanthropic organizations. Gutierrez currently serves on the Board of Regents of his alma mater, Bellarmine College Preparatory in San Jose, and previously served on the Board of Directors and the Investment Committee of the California Community Foundation in Los Angeles. He also serves on the Board of Directors of the National Association of Investment Companies and on the Advisory Council for the Hispanic Scholarship Fund, the national organization focused on providing financial support for U.S. Latinos to pursue higher education. Recently, Gutierrez was appointed to NHL’s Executive Inclusion Committee and the Pro Sports Assembly Advisory Board.
Gutierrez is a graduate of Bellarmine College Preparatory, an all-boys Jesuit high school in San Jose, California. He received his Bachelor of Arts cum laude in Government from Harvard University, and his Doctor of Jurisprudence from Stanford Law School. Gutierrez, his wife Jericca, and son Xavi live in Paradise Valley. “Xavier’s extensive experience in the investment sector, along with his passion for sports, education and nonprofit work, make him a tremendous asset for the Arizona Community Foundation Board,” said Steve Evans, chair of the ACF Board of Directors. “His unique professional experience combined with his knowledge of and passion for board service and his experience in responsible investing will make him a very valuable board member, and we are proud to have him join our board and investment committee.”