Prior to his position as Executive Director of Centro, Guzman worked in the field of Latino arts, education, and the Minnesota Department of Human Services. He was a founding member of CreArte, Aurora Charter School, and La Corvina. He served in Panamá, in the US military where he earned many commendations. In addition, Guzmán served as a member of the National Association for Latino Community Asset Builders. He was a Santero, a Southwestern style religious folk artist. He was a self taught artist. His ancestors were from San Miguel de Allende, home to many Santero artists. His art was his passion and it was healing.
As a native of St. Paul, Guzmán held a B.A. from Macalester College, studied law at William Mitchell College, and graduated from Harvard’s Graduate School of Business Executive Education Program.