Mayor Rick Gunter is a Los Angeles native whose family moved to La Canada Flintridge in 1977. After graduating from La Canada High School, he earned a Bachelor of Architecture from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo. He returned with his family to La Canada Flintridge in 2006.
In 2011, Mayor Gunter was appointed to the La Canada Flintridge Planning Commission, where he served for eight years and as chair for half that time. As chair, he led many difficult meetings with patience, respect, courtesy, and thoughtful listening. Parties on all sides of the issues reported they found the process open and fair. Mr. Gunter is passionate about having a local government that is fair, open, and focused on our residents. He has expertise in planning, zoning, development, and fiscal responsibility – and will be using these skills as he serves on the City Council.
Mayor Gunter is a licensed architect who leads the Los Angeles office of an international design firm. His focus is to grow a thriving creative business that designs the very best aviation, office, residential, and hospitality projects in Southern California. Mr. Gunter has personally led many major projects in the region including a terminal expansion at LAX, the West Hollywood Edition Hotel, and SoFi Stadium / Hollywood Park (home of the Rams & Chargers).
Mayor Gunter continues to be involved in many volunteer organizations including San Gabriel Valley Council of Governments, California Contract Cities, St. Bede the Venerable Catholic Church, La Canada Flintridge Tournament of Roses Association, La Canada Flintridge Sister Cities Association, and the College of Architecture & Environmental Design at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo.
Mayor Gunter and his wife Denise met at Cal Poly, and have been married since 1992. Their two children Hannah and Andrew attended La Canada Elementary and La Canada High School. Hannah went on to graduate from University of California Santa Barbara and Andrew from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo.