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Latino Futures and How the World of Latino Philanthropy Is Changing

Conversation with Dr. Mara Perez, PhD

Dr. Mara Perez

Dr. Mara Perez

Today we are talking with Dr. Mara Perez.  She follows the progress of Latino movements in relation to philanthropy, entrepreneurship, leadership and technology, in the Bay Area and across the country.   

Dr. Perez recently launched a project called LATINO FUTURESsm.  This project focuses on expanding national awareness about the important role that the growing Latino population has, and will have for the future of American prosperity through their leadership, entrepreneurship, and philanthropy.  

Dr. Perez is here to talk with us about her work, and the future she envisions for Latinos and the U.S. in decades to come.   This interview is an introduction to a column about Latinos in the U.S., which Dr. Perez will lead.

In addition to her new project -LATINO FUTURES-, Dr. Perez has been a consultant, providing fund development and strategic planning services to non-profit organizations for 20 years.  In this capacity, she specializes in education, leadership and economic development, philanthropy, and social justice; a large number of her clients are Latino-led/Latino serving entities.

She earned her Ph.D. in sociology from The University of Chicago.  Dr. Perez is an author, a public speaker, a consultant, and an entrepreneur.  Her writings appear in Stanford Social Innovation Review, Latin Business Today, MIT Press, Revista Interamericana, and Mobilization, among others.

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