""Government should be a place where people can come together, and no one gets left behind. No one…gets left behind. An instrument of good." -- Aaron Sorkin
Gregory Blake Hutchins is currently a Ph.D. Graduate Student in the Political Science Department at the University of California, Riverside. His concentrations are in Mass Political Behavior and International Relations. Currently, Gregory’s research interests are in the realms of Race and Ethnic Politics and International Political Economics. In addition to his academic work, Gregory—a lifelong New Deal Democrat—is the current Political and Policy Director for the Riverside County Young Democrats and he is the President of the Inland Empire Truman Club. Gregory is also a member of the Pick Group of Young Professionals, a network of young community members working towards engaging Riverside to be a better place to live while pursuing excellence in the workplace.
Born and raised in the Inland Empire, Gregory graduated from Riverside’s Martin Luther King High School Summa Cum Laude, where he was a member of UNICEF, the California Scholarship Federation, National Honors Society, Mock-Trial, the “We the People” constitutional debate team, and volunteered as a tutor for at-risk youth with the Kaiser High School’s Math and AVID departments in Fontana. Beginning his penchant for public service early, Gregory interned at the Law Offices of Anthony S. Wilaras. The firm’s specialty was Bankruptcy and Immigration. It was at this internship that Gregory began to realize the true devastating effects of the recession and how so many lost nearly everything because the corrupt banking system. Concurrently, while participating in the immigration cases, Gregory gained an understanding of the plight many immigrants face when coming to our country. And this includes those that have grown up in the United States and for all intents and purposes identify as Americans but are denied because they simply lack a piece of paper.
Gregory currently maintains a rigorous volunteer portfolio beginning with his service as the Head Spotter and Co-Announcer for the Kaiser High School Football team, something he has done since his freshman year of high school. These volunteer opportunities allow Gregory to encourage many of these students to continue their education, whether it be with four year college degrees or trade schools. Gregory also serves on numerous charity boards both within some of the University of California, Riverside’s student organizations and the Inland Empire Community.
From 2014 to 2017, Gregory attended UC Riverside and earned his Bachelor’s degree in Political Science. Upon entering the University, Gregory became a member University Honors and an editor on the Audeamus Editorial Board. During his second year Greg was given the opportunity to create and teach an R’Course. Gregory’s course revolved around Civic Involvement and why it is important for everyone to be involved in body politic. Greg was able to teach this class for two consecutive winter quarters. During his final year at UCR, Gregory served as the Executive Editor for Audeamus and completed the Leadership Pathways Program with Undergraduate Education to become a Chancellor’s Leadership Fellow.
As well as creating and teaching the R’Course during his second year, Gregory became one of the founding peer-educators for Highlander Against Sexual Violence (H.A.S.V.), an organization aimed at educating his fellow highlanders on concepts of sexual violence to combat the many systemic problems stemming from society’s rape culture.
In June of 2017, Gregory graduated from UCR Cum Laude and with University Honors. His University Honors Senior Thesis was entitled, "Insolvency to Sustainability: An in-depth look into California Bankrupt Cities." The thesis focused on how California municipal cities recovered after filing for bankruptcy. Gregory looked at the relative successes of Stockton and Vallejo to create something of a best practices formula for the City of San Bernardino. The experience of writing his Honors thesis taught Gregory the value of research and how it can provide avenues for change. While municipal government sustainability is no longer a research focus of Gregory he still uses this knowledge in spaces within his community; for example, immediately following graduation, Gregory was awarded the Ronald Loveridge Public Service Fellowship, which placed him in a paid fellowship in Sacramento at California State Association of Counties (CSAC), where he assisted with analysis of bills of interest including writing summaries and analyses for state legislative representative and county supervisors on the impacts of said bills.
After graduating and completing his stint in Sacramento, Gregory briefly returned home to the Inland Empire before working with several organizations to aid the Democratic Congressional Candidates in the 2018 midterm elections. Upon the ending of the 2018 election cycle, Gregory returned to Riverside and resumed his community leadership roles. During the Fall of 2019, Gregory began his Doctoral Program in Political Science at his alma mater, the University of California, Riverside.
In the little free time he has, Gregory spends it with his family, particularly nieces and nephews. Do not be surprised if you see him driving his middle niece to cheerleading practice, or playing in the park with his younger nieces and nephews. If not with his family, Gregory is a novice hiker and photographer. He also likes to spend time with his chocolate lab Daisy and taking in a leisurely stroll followed by his “guard” cat Elvis. Greg is always up for a to a friendly game of chess, poker, monopoly, or even a pickup game of basketball. Oh, and if you dare, Gregory is always available for conversations surrounding the reform of power structures to create more equity in society. In keeping with that sentiment we encourage you to read scholarship from more learned academics by visiting POCAlsoKnowStuff and WomenAlsoKnow.
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