Ana Cecilia Pérez is an immigrant rights leader and a passionate leadership and community builder.Ana leads the Gender work at Movement Strategy Center and is an independent consultant, working with non-profit organizations, unions, government agencies and foundations to increase their impact on equity and inclusion and organizational effectiveness.
Ms. Perez has been consulting for more than 15 years. She has expertise in organizational change, multicultural transformative leadership development, and in building collaborations rooted in equity and community empowerment frameworks. Ms. Perez‘s consulting areas include: challenging oppression dynamics, increasing equity (policy, teams, services provided, etc.) and conflict resolution, organizational development, strategic planning, media and communications strategy. She has been trained by VISIONS’ Inc. and the Social Transformation Project.
Prior to becoming a consultant Ms. Perez directed multiple prominent organizations and has held senior positions in civil rights, national and international policy groups including CARECEN SF, Presente.org, and Global Exchange. Prior to her social justice non-profit experience, Ana worked as a print and radio journalist and worked for KALW radio, Latino USA and wrote for multiple outlets.
Ms. Perez and her family fled the Salvadoran civil war in the early 1980s. She grew up in the Central American community in Los Angeles, benefitting from the 1986 immigration reform law. She has a B.A. from UCSD and a Masters in Journalism from UCB. She is currently a Kellogg Foundation National Race Equity and Healing Fellow.