United Way

Gabriel Alvarez

Vice President of Development & Impact

Gabriel Alvarez was born in Bakersfield and raised in Lamont, CA by a single mom, in a small home with 4 sons. Life was financially rough, but with faith and perseverance, they would pull through. Gabriel became the first in his family to attend and graduate from a 4-year university with a B.A. in communications and with an emphasis on computer imaging.

Gabriel has always had a passion of helping others. Through his passion and experience in marketing and graphic design he served dozens of community-based organizations for more than 15 years.

In 2012 Gabriel worked as producer and editor for Univision Television Group in Bakersfield, CA. He produced and edited commercials and TV shows for paid advertisers and was a host for a community show on KUVI My45 Network. After six years he transitioned to fully devote his time and efforts to support small businesses and community-based organizations with their marketing needs.

In January 2019 he assisted United Way of Kern County as their marketing consultant and six months later he joined the United Way team as Marketing Manager.  In October 2021 Gabriel Alvarez humbly accepted the role of Vice President of Development and Impact for United Way of Kern County.

He currently serves on the board of directors for Calvary Bakersfield and is part of the taskforce for Binational Health Week of Kern County. He continues to help lead a strong team of individuals who have a passion of serving others. He understands that with collaboration you can go further, impact more people, and help community members thrive. “Together, we can help Kern stay strong!”

Our Focus

Early Childhood Literacy

Financial Stability


We are all part of this community and together we can make it succeed. At United Way of Kern County we believe that UNITED we can make change happen... one day at a time.