Len Gutman has nearly 30 years of experience in journalism, corporate communications, public relations, and nonprofit management. He’s currently a foundation relations adviser at a major nonprofit organization where he manages a portfolio of foundation prospects and writes grant proposals in order to fund the nonprofit’s life-saving work.
Shortly after suffering a major heart attack at age 45, Len began to focus his career and personal activities on helping others with heart disease. In 2012 he founded the Under 55 Heart Attack Survivors group on Facebook, a support community that has grown from a handful of members in Phoenix, Arizona to more than 3,500 members around the world. The group provides heart attack survivors and their family members with a safe place to support each other, share heart-healthy tips, share news and information about heart disease and discuss health. Len has had numerous opportunities to speak to corporate and community groups about his experience with heart disease, and he has also discussed heart disease in many media interviews on television, radio and in print.
In the years since his heart attack, Len has put his journalism background to use learning everything he can about heart disease. He has become very knowledgeable about how to manage life after a heart attack, from diet to medications to the emotional aspects. Sharing this knowledge has become his passion and was one of the inspirations for writing a book about living with heart disease.
Len earned a master’s degree in English from Northern Arizona University and a bachelor’s degree in journalism from San Jose State University. He’s an alumnus of Valley Leadership and in 2003 was selected as one of the Business Journal of Phoenix’s “Forty Under 40” community leaders. He lives in Phoenix, Ariz.