Perez started with CLINIC in 2014 as a Field Support Coordinator to provide training and consultation on program management and capacity building to CLINIC’s network of charitable immigration service providers. She became Capacity Building Secton Manager in 2018, and then became Director of Operations in 2020. She currently leads an Operations team of eight champions who support mission-drive services and ensures sections are effectively resourced, planned, and executed consistent with CLINIC strategic plan and priorities. Perez is currently a volunteer, full DOJ-accredited representative with Hogar Immigrant Services in Arlington, Virginia.
Prior to CLINIC, Perez worked as program manager and partial DOJ-accredited representative to the Office of Immigrant Services of Catholic Charities of East Tennessee for seven years. While there she managed a diverse client caseload, conducted numerous community outreach presentations in both English and Spanish to various audiences about immigration law topics, implemented and expanded the use of LawLogix’s EDGE case management database, and developed detailed program policies and procedures to manage a staff of four in three office locations serving 36 counties. She developed her leadership skills through service on numerous nonprofit boards including the Tennessee Immigrant and Refugee Rights Coalition and Tennessee Immigrant Empowerment Solutions. She has also served as the Southeast regional representative for the Diocesan Advisory Committee of CLINIC. She attended the University of Tennessee-Knoxville and graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Spanish and international business.