Vanessa Perez joined Mi Familia Vota as the Civic Engagement Director in 2022. She oversees the organization’s youth leadership and citizenship programs. She’s passionate about empowering our youth and educating them on issues directly impacting our LatinX communities. Vanessa graduated from Arizona State University with a Bachelor of Science in Criminology and Criminal Justice with a certificate in Homeland Security, and a minor in Spanish. She also earned her Master of Arts at ASU in Criminal Justice.
Born and raised in South Phoenix, Arizona, Vanessa grew up in a large Mexican household. Her parents migrated to Arizona from Sonora and Sinaloa, Mexico at a young age. In her free time she enjoys supporting local restaurants, boxing, family time, and traveling to different islands. She plans to travel all of Latin America to learn and explore different cultures.