October 19 – After opening remarks by PSLDI Director Anthony Winn, NUF Interim President Miguel A. Garcia Jr, NUF Alum and Board Member Tony Allen introduced fellow alum Dr. Debra Joy Perez, who delighted the crowd
Research and Evaluation is where Debra collaborates with the vice president on both the strategic and tactical decisions of the Research and Evaluation unit, as well as its effective and efficient management and functioning. In her interim AVP role, Pérez demonstrated her leadership and management abilities, her strategic thinking, and her passion for the work of the Foundation and the Research and Evaluation Unit.
Prior to this promotion, Dr. Pérez was a senior program officer responsible for the Foundation’s research and evaluation work on the Public Health team and led programs that focus on increasing the diverse perspectives that inform the Foundation’s grant making for the Human Capital Team. She began her career in philanthropy in 1997, when she became deputy director for New Jersey Health Initiatives, a program office of the RWJF.
Since joining the Foundation in 2004, Dr. Pérez has been responsible for developing multiple programs in research and evaluation in the areas of public health and disparities in health care for the Quality/Equality Team. She is currently the chair of the RWJF Diversity Committee and manages the National Urban Fellows program at the Foundation. Debra received her PhD in health policy from Harvard University. She received an MPA from Baruch College, CUNY, an MA from the University of Kent in Canterbury, England, and a BA from Douglass College, Rutgers University. Dr. Perez is currently a Trustee for the Princeton Area Community Foundation and the Kellogg Fellows Leadership Alliance.
An alumna of the National Urban Fellows class of 1997, Debra has been a National Urban Fellows Mentor since 2005, mentoring over twenty National Urban Fellows.