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Art Gastelum

  • Gender: Male
  • University: University of California - Los Angeles
  • University: University of Southern California
  • Graduate Degree: Public Administration
  • Hometown: Los Angeles
  • State: California
  • Organization: Gateway Science and Engineering
  • Position Title: President and CEO
  • HSF Leadership Role: Member, HSF Los Angeles Advisory Council

Art Gastelum, the youngest of three siblings, was born and raised in Los Angeles, California. He says that his tenth grade math teacher was pivotal in motivating him to pursue a higher education.

His journey had some detours—he was married and the father of two by the time he was 19—but his determination won out. He attended California State University, Los Angeles, where he received a bachelor’s degree in Political Science and Finance, and then entered the University of Southern California, where he received a master’s degree in Public Administration. 

Today, he is President and CEO of Gateway Science and Engineering, Inc. (GSE), a management consulting firm that specializes in construction management and engineering of public works projects. For over ten years, his company has provided continuous support to the Los Angeles Community College District as the Campus Project Manager for Los Angeles Mission College. 

As president, of GSE, Art is responsible for establishing corporate goals, developing execution strategies, and overseeing all functions performed by his team. Prior to founding GSE, he worked in the Mayor’s Office of the City of Los Angeles, where his last assignment was serving as Director of Economic Development. During his tenure, he played a major role in launching the BEST (Better Educated Students for Tomorrow) program, managing the team that created and developed its policy. An innovative and nationally recognized public/private partnership between the Los Angeles Unified School District, the  Mayor’s office, and private companies, BEST provides afterschool programs to more than 28,000 children who attend schools across Los Angeles.

An advocate of NAFTA, Art worked closely with the Mexican Government and Unites States Congress, to help ensure the agreement’s passage and was named Chairman of the International Trade Committee for all NAFTA countries in 2002. Boards, advisory committees, and foundations he has served include the California Land Surveyors Association, the Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce, the USC Board of Governors Emeritus Alumni Association, and the Los Angeles Mission College Foundation.

He continues to be an active advocate for education, and as such, serves as a member of HSF’s Los Angeles Advisory Council. He says he joined out of a “desire to help deserving students obtain a higher education at the best schools in the country.” 

Art’s advice to students ready to graduate college or enter a profession: “Don’t hesitate to start at the bottom of an organization. Your strong work ethic will help you reach the top.”