Alex Perez-Garcia is a social impact leader who believes in the power of personal narrative, civic engagement, and working together to build capacity and infuse equity in our systems. As Associate Director of Development and Communications at ADA 25 Advancing Leadership, Alex is growing this nonprofit startup organization through high-quality strategic fundraising, community outreach, and internal and external content management. Previously, Alex was a Program Associate at The Chicago Community Trust, where she managed several projects related to the Trust’s commitment to racial equity, disability inclusion, and strategic growth for diverse populations and disinvested neighborhoods. In her tenure at the Trust, she was integral to the incubation and launch of ADA 25 Advancing Leadership, the only leadership program in the nation that connects leaders with disabilities with civic engagement opportunities. Alex started at the Trust through the Kimpton Fellows program, formerly University of Chicago Public Interest Program (UCPIP), a competitive one-year fellowship opportunity for graduates interested in launching their career in the public sector at high-impact organizations. As an inaugural member of The Obama Foundation Community Leadership Corps, Alex founded an online community focused on mental health fueled by young voices of color. In the first month launched, the blog, which featured lived experiences of mental illness, including her own, was read by thousands across the country. Because of her work, she was selected as a featured speaker during the 2018 Obama Foundation Summit. In addition, she has served as an Ambassador for the Obama Foundation and Chicago200. Most recently, she serves as Co-Chair of the Chicago Foundation for Women’s Young Women’s Giving Council and previously served on the 2020 Census Disability Complete Count Committee for the City of Chicago. In 2019, she was awarded the Young Alumna Award by her high school alma mater and was honored as a 2020 ADA 25 Advancing Leadership Fellow. Alex graduated with honors from the University of Chicago with a bachelor’s degree in Psychology and Public Policy. In her free time, Alex enjoys listening to political podcasts, riding her Peloton, and hanging out with her two rescue cats – not necessarily in that order.
Associate Director of Development and Communications, ADA 25 Advancing Leadership