Mara Perez

Mara Perez, Ph.D. As Founder and Principal of Mara Perez, Fund Development and Planning Services, Mara provides fundraising and strategic planning services to non-profits. Mara has helped over seventy organizations obtain funding, design innovative work strategies, and execute growth plans. Mara holds a Ph.D. in Sociology from the University of Chicago. Community service includes: 2010-present Board Member of Marin General Hospital; 2002-2012 Board Member Canal Alliance, twice Board President; 2005 Spirit of Marin Award, Business Person of the Year; Coro Leadership Community Fellow. She has published articles about immigration, social change, and fundraising. Born in Argentina, Mara resides in California.

Finding Entrepreneurial Seeds With Reflection

Ask the right questions and take the steps to entrepreneurial success.     Entrepreneurial endeavors are challenging; occasionally, the demands of the endeavor can shake us. We may ask: "Are we ready for this?"...

My Art, Passion and Work

In my artistic endeavors as a jeweler, I pursue balance through asymmetry and contrast. It's crucial to indulge your artistic side to create a healthy work-life balance.

Creating Space to Re-energize the Self and Business

Learn to deal with burnout as a form of change In this piece I talk about burnout and change, as I see interconnectedness between the two. Burnout is an internal...

Latino Heritage: Gratitude Achievement Purpose

Latino heritage and leadership, an ongoing dedication to higher causes   Last Saturday afternoon I sat in my garden, in Northern California.  I was enjoying the gorgeous bright blue sky and...

The Latino Immigrant Entrepreneurial Advantage

Latino immigrants' experiences and qualities are major assets for entrepreneurship.   Statistics regarding Latino immigrants in the U.S.  are showing demographic shifts whereby the Latino population will continue to increase at...

Money Matters for Latinos and the Future of the U.S.

Thinking about immigrants, what are three things that come to mind about Latinos in the U.S.? A call for a national Latino agenda President Obama spoke and moved on immigration late...