ACTIVIST & CO-CHAIR OF THE WOMEN'S MARCH
As the Executive Director of The Gathering for Justice, Co-Founder of Justice League NYC, Founder of Justice League CA, and National Co-Chair of The Women’s March, Carmen Perez's activism reveals a deep commitment to bringing about a more just and equitable world. Perez has focused her life's work at the intersectionality of numerous human rights issues, including mass incarceration, gender equality, violence prevention, racial healing and police accountability. Working in the grassroots, youth, organizational, and political realms, Carmen is able to demonstrate the viability of a multi-layered approach to social justice.
Carmen Perez has been a lifelong activist. At 17, after the death of her 19 year-old sister Carmen found healing through a dedication to transforming the lives of young people and reducing harm and violence in her community. In 2001, Carmen graduated from University of California Santa Cruz with a Bachelor's in Psychology. Equipped with this unique lens toward advocacy Carmen embarked on a prolific career as an organizer and advocate of human rights.
Following graduation in 2001, Carmen began working for Barrios Unidos in Santa Cruz – an organization dedicated to providing non-violence training and reentry services for the incarcerated, and establishing an Institute for peace and community development in Santa Cruz and across the country. In 2005, she embarked on a new chapter of her life when she met Harry Belafonte and joined the founding team of The Gathering for Justice. In 2008 Carmen became the National Organizer of The Gathering for Justice and in 2010 she was promoted to Executive Director of the organization. In 2011, after moving her base of operations to New York, Carmen was tapped to help develop Purple Gold, a young worker’ s program that engages and cultivates the membership of SEIU’s 35-and-under members, while setting the future of the Labor Movement. For two years she directed Purple Gold’s operations and program development across the boroughs of New York City.
Carmen Perez is a recognized authority on meaningful and intersectional activism and has been featured on several TV programs and in numerous articles, and has been honored by many organizations for her work. In 2017, Carmen Perez made history alongside Linda Sarsour, Tamika Mallory, and Bob Bland when she became a National Co-Chair of the historic Women’s March.