Medellín Mayor-elect Federico Gutiérrez is a civil engineer by trade, and has taken part in the politics of Colombia’s second largest city for more than a decade. Gutiérrez was born in Medellín in 1974 where he studied civil engineering at the university of Medellín, specializing in senior management, followed by political sciences at the Bolivariana University. From a young age Gutierrez was involved in politics as a municipal youth councillor and a municipal planning councillor. Gutiérrez was elected in 2003 as councillor for the New Party. During this term he supported then-Mayor Sergio Fajardo. In 2007 he was re-elected as city councillor with the current President Juan Manuel Santos’ U-Party and was chairman of the council in 2008, initially aligning himself with then mayor, Alonso Salazar.