Roger Perez

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HEFN Position: 
Steering Committee Member

Roger is a Program Officer with the Roy and Patricia Disney Family Foundation and focuses on Affordable Housing Preservation, Criminal Justice Reform, Environmental Justice. Roger is responsible for helping guide the Foundation’s programmatic strategy, portfolio theory, and emerging Impact Investing portfolio. Prior to joining RPDFF, Roger was a strategic financial advisor with Nonprofit Finance Fund – a national nonprofit and community development financial institution that serves nonprofit organizations and foundations. He led projects focused on business model analyses, growth scenarios, and organizational assessments with social sector organizations seeking to understand their full costs of service provision and improve societal outcomes. Throughout his career, Roger has worked with both nonprofit and for-profit clients as a consultant, project manager, and researcher in the United States and abroad. He currently serves on the board of California ChangeLawyers, Steering Committee of Emerging Practitioners in Philanthropy, and is an active member of the Switzer Environmental Leadership and Returned Peace Corps Volunteer networks.

Primary Organizational Affiliation: 
Roy and Patricia Disney Family Foundation
My Grantmaking Focus Is On: 

Supporting BIPOC-led and serving organizations working in the Affordable Housing Preservation, Criminal Justice Reform, and Environmental Justice spaces. Much of our work centers on dismantling inequities through strategic and systems-level interventions.

What Drew Me Into HEFN Leadership: 

To work alongside committed social justice and environmental advocates. I have always enjoyed attending HEFN events and meeting new folks, and am glad to have the opportunity to continue to do so!

I See the HEFN Community Making a Difference: 

By lifting up the intersectional nature of the environmental and community development work. I appreciate HEFN's nuanced perspective and approach to learning and teaching others.

When I'm Not at Work You Might Find Me: 

Hopefully outside! I am lucky to be close to the Los Angeles mountains, beaches, and recreational sports.

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