Joseph Gutierrez is the founding Executive Director of API Middle Tennessee, an Asian and Pacific Islander-serving nonprofit working towards racial justice by building API community, lifting API voices, and celebrating API identities. Through API Middle Tennessee, Joseph raises awareness around API issues through general advocacy. He is also part of the TN Department of Health's Immigrant and Refugee Alliance. He is originally from Los Angeles, California and graduated from UCLA. Prior to moving to Nashville in 2014, he taught English in South Korea. Joseph received a Master's in Community Development from Vanderbilt University where his studies focused on organizational studies, social networks, and the intersection of school and community. Outside of his work at API Middle TN, Joseph manages grant partnerships at the Dan & Margaret Maddox Fund, a nonprofit foundation that seeks to better the Middle Tennessee community through partnerships that improve the lives of young people and protect the natural environment. To learn more about Joseph, visit his website.