President and Chief Executive Officer, Jeremiah Program: St. Paul, MN
Gloria Perez is the President and Chief Executive Officer of the Jeremiah Program, a leading non-profit organization proven to help single mothers and their children break the cycle of generational poverty. Perez joined Jeremiah Program in 1998 following her role as executive director of Casa de Esperanza, a domestic violence agency in Saint Paul, Minnesota. She brings more than twenty years of management, supervision, and leadership experience to her position.
Perez possesses experience in fundraising, strategic planning, and organizational excellence garnered as a leader and board member of community and non-profit organizations. As a Latina and native of San Antonio, Texas, Perez infuses her rich cultural background into her committed professional involvement as an advocate for women, families, and people of color.
Her community service, volunteer work, and professional affiliations include the Allina Health Systems Board of Directors, The Minneapolis Foundation Board of Trustees, F.R. Bigelow Foundation Board of Trustees, the Irwin Andrew Porter Foundation Board of Directors, Minneapolis Rotary #9, and the Minnesota Women’s Economic Roundtable.
A graduate of Macalester College, Perez is a recipient of the Catharine Lealtald Service to Society Award and in 2008 she received the Ellis Island Medal of Honor. In 2009 she received the Women of Distinction Award from the Girl Scouts Council of Minnesota and Wisconsin River Valleys, Citizen of the Year Award from the Minneapolis University Rotary Club, and the Unsung Hero Award from WomenVenture at their 2009 annual conference.