Alex Perez-Garcia is a social impact leader who believes in the power of personal narrative, civic engagement and working together to infuse equity in our systems.
As Associate Director of Development and Communications at ADA 25 Advancing Leadership, Alex is growing this startup nonprofit organization through strategic high-quality 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 University of Chicago Public Interest Program (UCPIP), now the Kimpton Fellows program, a competitive one-year fellowship opportunity for graduates interested in launching their career in the public sector at high-impact organizations.
Alex also served as Treasurer and Senior Advisor for local progressive Democratic candidate Robert Emmons, Jr. where she spearheaded the campaign’s individual fundraising strategy. As a result, the campaign outraised the incumbent 100x in individual small-dollar contributions and became nationally ranked and featured in local and national news publications such as The Intercept, HuffPost, and Chicago Tribune. She is now the Policy + Impact Director for Our Everyday Political Action Committee, which was founded by the candidate and former campaign staffers.
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. She has served as an Ambassador for the Obama Foundation and Chicago200. She is Co-Chair of the Chicago Foundation for Women’s Young Women’s Giving Council. She also serves 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. She is a 2020 ADA 25 Advancing Leadership Fellow. Alex graduated with honors from UChicago with a bachelor’s degree in Psychology and Public Policy.