Vanessa Perez’s transformative journey with Time for Change Foundation commenced in 2012 when she joined as an intern. Under the mentorship of Founder Kim Carter, Vanessa’s commitment and leadership qualities flourished, propelling her from intern to her current role as the Executive Director. In this capacity, she plays a pivotal role in steering the organization’s strategic vision and policies, providing guidance and management to technical staff across planning, programming, fund development, marketing, and administration. A trailblazer in her educational pursuits, Vanessa holds a Master’s in Business Administration from California Baptist University and a bachelor’s degree in Mass Communications from California State University San Bernardino. Her academic achievements reflect her dedication to continuous growth and development. Beyond her role at Time for Change Foundation, Vanessa is deeply involved in her community, actively volunteering through her local church, The Way World Outreach. As an agent for positive change, she advocates for equity and inclusivity, embodying her commitment to fostering a better world for all individuals. Vanessa’s passion for women’s development and empowerment finds a profound outlet in her work. She co-founded, along with Kim Carter, the Black and Brown Opportunities for Profit (BBOP) Center, an economic hub designed to empower women of color entrepreneurs. This initiative, rooted in her commitment to equity and opportunity, has become a cornerstone in the organization’s efforts to uplift and support marginalized communities. In 2014, Vanessa completed the Women’s Foundation of California’s Solis Policy Institute, acquiring skills to navigate the California legislative process and influence decision-makers to create policies that enhance the quality of life for local communities and all Californians. Her commitment and achievements have garnered recognition, including the 40th Assembly District Women of Distinction Award, Assemblymember Eloise Reyes District 47’s “30 under 30” Leadership Award, Molina Healthcare’s Community Champion Award, the Inspiration Leader Award from the Center for Non-Profit Management, National Latina Business Women Association Inland Empire’s “Latina Executive of the Year Award,” Connecting Faith and Business Economic Parity Award, and Neighborhood Housing Services Inland Empire’s Impact Award. Vanessa Perez continues to be a driving force, leveraging her expertise and passion to create positive change and empower women to amplify their voices in the pursuit of a better future.