Ms. Pérez is the corporate secretary of the Cleveland Foundation and director of governance-related matters. As a member of the six-person Executive Committee, she helps set strategic priorities and policies pertaining to all areas of the foundation. She also provides management support to the President/CEO on executive leadership priorities to steer and ensure delivery of foundation objectives in local and national initiatives, including public policy and international affairs.
Ms. Pérez’s background is in international and national community development, and nonprofit management. She was a National Urban Fellow and Atlas Service Corps Fellow, in Cleveland, OH, and Bogotá, Colombia respectively. Previous positions include serving as the Development Manager for Give to Colombia and the Contracts Manager for Living Cities, Inc.
Ms. Pérez holds a bachelor’s degree in Urban Studies and Sociology from Columbia University and a Masters in Public Administration from Baruch College, City University of New York. She is the Executive Vice President of Sigma Lambda Upsilon/Señoritas Latinas Unidas Sorority, Inc., Secretary of the Board of Directors for the Cleveland School of Science and Medicine, and a member of the board of directors of Esperanza. She is also a member of Independent Sector’s board policy committee, Philanthropy Ohio’s board policy committee, and the Advisory Board of the Greater Cleveland Partnership’s Commission on Economic Inclusion.