Julene Pérez

Vice President of Development and External Relations

Julene Pérez joined ACS in 2020 and serves as the Vice President of Development and External Relations. Working with a great team, she oversees fundraising, expanding ACS funding partnerships and communications. 

An experienced philanthropic and nonprofit leader, Julene has worked on multiple issues on behalf of underserved, low-income communities.

Julene has provided strategic support to many leaders and their organizations, including helping to launch the U.S.-Mexico Foundation. Working in the education and youth development field, Julene served as a Program Officer at the David and Lucile Packard Foundation where she helped lead a $100 million initiative and also built diverse partnerships to address the needs of children and families throughout California. Julene is a former Vice President of the Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund (MALDEF) and a former program associate with the Carnegie Corporation of New York, where her grant-making focused on the nonprofit sector, civic participation and immigrant integration.

She received her BA in Liberal Arts from the University of San Francisco and has a Master’s Degree in International Affairs/Economic and Political Development from Columbia University.

She currently resides in Houston, Texas.