The youngest daughter of Los Pleneros de la 21’s founder, Julia Gutiérrez-Rivera grew up dancing and watching bomba and plena luminaries, including Eugenia Ramos, Tito Cepeda, Marcial Reyes, and Paco Rivera.
She began formal bomba lessons in l989 and her passion for music, dance and cultural work was cultivated through several years of training with the NY-based Bomba and Plena Ambassadors. At age 10, she debuted her first official performance with the group. Julia is now a proud member of the new generation of Los Pleneros de la 21’s staff, performing and teaching ensembles. She has a BA in Psychology from the University of Puerto Rico Río Piedras and a Masters in Nonprofit Management from Milano, the New School in Nonprofit Management and Urban Policy.