Alex Perez-Garcia is a nonprofit leader, fundraising and impact professional, and mental health and disability rights advocate.
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 Democratic candidate Robert Emmons Jr. Inspired by the progressive energy of 2018, Alex spearheaded the campaign’s fundraising efforts by championing individual contributions. This campaign strategy has been nationally ranked–outraising the incumbent 100x in individual contributions–and featured in local and national news publications such as The Intercept, HuffPost, and Chicago Tribune.
As an inaugural member of The Obama Foundation Community Leadership Corps, Alex founded The Beautiful You Project, aimed at creating an online community around 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 serves in leadership on the Chicago Foundation for Women’s Young Women’s Giving Council. 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.
She strongly believes in the power of personal narrative, civic engagement, and working together to infuse equity in our systems.