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 Mara Perez, Ph.D.

Founder and Principal

Mara Perez works in collaboration with non-profit and business leaders. Her services include research and writing position papers, issue briefs, and strategic plans. She also works on program development and evaluations. Mara’s areas of expertise include education, equity and economic vitality, leadership, and philanthropy. Her work focuses on programs and organizations serving or aiming to serve Latinos and other populations of color in the United States. In her twenty years of consulting, Mara has served over 100 organizations.


Mara earned a Ph.D. in Sociology from The University of Chicago. Mara is a Research Fellow at Dominican University of California concentrating on Latino entrepreneurship, and LeaderSpring Center, focusing on leadership in the non-profit sector and women of color in the tech sector.

She has served on several boards of directors. Since 2008, Mara has been on the board of Marin General Hospital, in Greenbrae, CA. She was a fellow of the Coro Leadership Community Program in San Francisco, CA. In 2017, Mara participated in a program of the Aspen Institute’s Latinos and Society Program about Latino entrepreneurship. She has taken special courses about leadership and futurist planning at Stanford University.

As a speaker, Mara has given presentations about her expertise subjects in Asia, Europe, Latin America, the Caribbean, and the U.S. Mara was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina, and resides in Northern California.


Mara Perez, Ph.D. Founder

LATINO FUTURES envisions lasting social, democratic, and economic prosperity in the U.S. for today and future generations by working in a consulting capacity to:​

  • Serve as an applied research and education think tank dedicated to observing and analyzing contemporary life in the U.S. in connection with Latinos. This is particularly important at a time when the nation is experiencing a Latino demographic boom, and pronounced acceleration in the aging of the White population.

  • Function as a knowledge hub that builds on productive ideas that stimulate opportunities and applicable models of excellence. These models support and strengthen educational institutions, corporations, foundations and non-profits, and inform policy making.

  • Work as a convener where ideas, foresight models, and concrete actions are created and prosper. LATINO FUTURES shares these ideas through publications, presentations, and workshops.

  • Partner with educational institutions, non-profit organizations, business leaders, entrepreneurs, community leaders, policy makers and philanthropists. 

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