Aaron Gutzke

Executive Director



pronouns: he, him, his

Aaron leads ThinkSelf in providing learner- and survivor-centered services. Aaron believes that multidisciplinary collaboration is the key to removing barriers and generating innovative advocacy, education and arts opportunities. Throughout his career, Aaron has worked to ensure access for all and most recently received the Minnesota Alliance on Crime’s 2021 Spotlight Award.

Aaron holds a Master’s degree from the Humphrey School of Public Affairs at the University of Minnesota and graduated from Gallaudet University with a Bachelor’s in English and Secondary Education. He enjoys spending his spare time with his husband and doting on his sassy Corgi mixes, Percival & Abigail Stackhouse.

Aaron - classic 1990's senior photo

Aaron: “I grew up using spoken English and did not start learning ASL until my last year of high school. My first exposure to ASL was a hearing interpreter and a teacher of the deaf, both of which encouraged the learning of some basic signs. Then I went on to college in Wisconsin and discovered the Deaf Community and decided to further my ASL skills by attending Gallaudet.”

*Photo is from Aaron’s Senior year of high school.