We’re excited to welcome three new members to the Switzer Foundation’s Board of Trustees this year: Michael Billingsley, Ekow Edzie and Roger Perez. This month we’re happy to highlight Roger Perez!
What motivated you to become a Switzer Foundation trustee?
The Switzer Foundation has helped guide my personal and professional trajectory. Since finding the fellowship in 2015, I have met an amazing cohort of environmental leaders, had the opportunity to stretch and learn, and have been inspired each year as a new class of fellows comes on board. I am a huge fan of fellowship and mentorship programs and believe in the power they bring to help solve large and seemingly intractable issues.
What inspires you about the Switzer Network?
The breadth and depth of expertise. I sometimes find myself scrolling through the ‘Find an Expert’ page, reading how fellows work in their fields and advance their issues. It’s amazing to see the ~700 dedicated people, their commitment, and new ways of thinking and doing.
What unique perspectives or experiences will you contribute to the Switzer Foundation board?
I look forward to sharing my background and experience in the environmental justice, philanthropic, and nonprofit space. I have been lucky to work with organizations advancing social and environmental issues through advocacy, impact investing, grantmaking, and participatory processes, among others, and am excited to contribute to Switzer's goals.