2022 Nonprofit Professional of the Year: Vanessa Perez
What’s Happening: Vanessa Perez Wins 2022 Nonprofit Professional of the Year
About a decade ago, Vanessa Perez started her career as a communications intern at Time for Change Foundation. She’s now five years into her role as executive director of that same organization, and her accomplishments have earned her NonProfit PRO’s 2022 NonProfit Professional of the Year Award.
In her 10 years of service, Perez not only has an impressive resume, but also has truly made an impact by creating ample opportunities for her constituents in San Bernardino County, California. From intern, she became a civic engagement specialist, then an associate director and, finally, executive director for the organization that formed two decades ago to help homeless women and children become self-sufficient with programs — like emergency shelter, and transitional and permanent housing — as well as services such as financial education, substance abuse assistance, parenting education and employment readiness.