Since joining Jeremiah Program in 1998, President & CEO Gloria Perez has become one of the country’s leading experts in two-generational strategies to reducing poverty. She has led the organization from its first capital campaign to the nationally recognized and expanding organization of today. Gloria was named among the inaugural group of Fellows in the prestigious Ascend Program of the Aspen Institute where she worked with 20 other leaders from across the country who are driving innovative ideas and proven strategies to help families achieve education success and economic security.
A Latina and native of San Antonio, Texas, Gloria infuses her rich cultural background into her professional involvement with women, families, and people of color. She has extensive management, leadership, fundraising and strategic planning experience, garnered as a leader and board member of community and non-profit organizations, and from professional positions in the insurance and restaurant industries. Prior to joining Jeremiah, she served as Executive Director of Casa de Esperanza, a domestic violence agency in Saint Paul, Minnesota.
A graduate of Macalester College, Gloria is a recipient of the Alexandrine Medal from St. Catherine University, Catharine Lealtald Service to Society Award, Ellis Island Medal of Honor, Women of Distinction Award from the Girl Scouts Council of Minnesota and Wisconsin River Valleys, Citizen of the Year Award from the Minneapolis University Rotary Club, Unsung Hero Award from WomenVenture, and Ruby Award from the Minneapolis Chapter of Soroptimist International.
Gloria has served on the NCSPP Advisory Board since 2015 and collaboratively lead the initiation and development of the partnership between Jeremiah Program and Endicott College Boston that helped to create the Jeremiah Program's Boston non-residential program site, and Endicott's Boston Student Parent Initiative.
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