Vanessa Gutierrez

Compassion Ambassador

Brief info

Born in Aguada, Puerto Rico, Vanessa Gutierrez settled in Brooklyn, New York more than two decades ago. Having lived through her own childhood trauma of abuse, Vanessa chose to take care of others with compassion and love. Vanessa has been a nanny, a caretaker and a personal chef but it was her love of yoga where she found her true calling. As a 500-hour yoga teacher, Vanessa credits her practice with saving her life and helping her connect her body and soul. As a Compassion Prison Project Ambassador, Vanessa has earned her certificate in trauma-informed yoga and is currently training to integrate the discipline of qigong into her yoga practice. She dreams of a world with less judgment and more compassion and wants to help people reconnect with themselves and their communities.

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Fritzi Horstman

Founder and Executive Director


Fritzi Horstman is the Founder and Executive Director of Compassion Prison Project. She is a Grammy-award winning producer for her work on “The Defiant Ones”, has been a producer and post-producer on dozens of television projects and documentaries and has directed several films. She believes it is urgent to bring humanity and compassion to those living behind bars and these acts will help transform our society. She has a Bachelor’s Degree from Vassar College.

Vanessa Gutierrez