Gilbert Bautista is a long time member of LACCEA and a proud board member since 2008. He is a veteran L.A. County Probation Supervisor that has worked Camps, Adult Field assignments and Specialized Units. He teaches Gang Culture and Evolution of Gangs to new hires to the Probation Department Academy and also to Field Probation Officer Core. He has taught STC classes for over 10 years.
He previously taught at L.A. Valley College from 1990 to 2002 as a part time instructor in the Chicano Studies Department. He taught Pre-Columbian Meso-American History up to Contemporary Chicano Issues. While at L.A. Valley College he was the MECHA Advisor and mentored many students thru their college years.
He is a fourth generation resident of the San Fernando Valley and grew up in one of the oldest Chicano communities in the Valley. He attended Van Nuys High School where he lettered in three sports.
He later attended the University of Southern California, L.A. Valley College and California State University, Northridge where he received two Bachelor’s Degrees. While in college he lettered in Soccer at USC and CSUN.
He has been married for over 30 years, has three grown children all of whom are College graduates. When his children were young he coached various youth sports and ended up coaching Club and H.S. Soccer. He still plays tournament Softball in the senior circuit and with a Probation team. He enjoys saltwater fishing with his son’s and extended family. He also enjoys camping and cooking along the California Coast.
Besides being on the LACCEA board, he belongs to other community groups including the Coalition on Gangs in the San Fernando Valley where he is on the Steering Committee. He belongs to the California Gang Investigators Association (CGIA) and the Latino Gang Investigators Association (LGIA).
In 2013, he received a Commendation from Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa for his service to the City. For his ongoing community involvement he has received Commendations from former City Councilman Ernani Bernardi, Marvin Braude and Tony Cardenas.
He is very proud to serve LACCEA and the community that has shaped and supported him and looks forward to continuing his service to those in need.