Associate Director of Development and Communications

ADA 25 Advancing Leadership

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Alexandra Perez-Garcia is a nonprofit leader, development professional, and mental health and disability rights advocate.

As Associate Director of Development and Communications at ADA 25 Advancing Leadership, Alex is responsible for growing this startup organization through internal and external content production and high-quality fundraising campaigns. 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 the new nonprofit organization, 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 is also the Treasurer and Senior Advisor for Democratic candidate Robert Emmons Jr., who is running for Congress in the First District of Illinois. Inspired by the progressive energy of 2018, Alex has spearheaded the campaign’s fundraising efforts by championing individual contributions. As a result, the campaign has been nationally ranked in the top 3% of all 2020 candidates as the most popular among small-dollar individual donors. This strategy has been featured in local and national news publications such as The Intercept, CNN, and Teen Vogue.

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 and currently serves as an Alumni Ambassador for the Foundation. She also serves in leadership on the Chicago Foundation for Women’s Young Women’s Giving Council.

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 create change.

Areas of Expertise: Development, Marketing/PR, Program Development, Public Policy, Other

Interests: Civic Engagement, Civil Rights, Diversity & Inclusion, Human Rights, Leadership, Philanthropy, Women's Rights