Chris Perez

Christopher Perez serves as a Program Officer at the Rasmuson Foundation with a primary focus on grants and program-related investments in the area of community and economic development. Immediately prior to joining the Foundation in June 2008, he served as a senior program officer for the F. B. Heron Foundation, located in New York City, managing a diverse portfolio of grants and investments with an emphasis on rural communities. His prior philanthropy experience includes positions in the corporate philanthropy department of Pfizer Inc, serving as a program officer for the Pfizer Foundation, and as a graduate intern at the William Randolph Hearst Foundations. Previously, he held positions with New York City and New York State governments focusing on urban development.

Chris holds a M.P.A. in nonprofit management and finance from New York University and a B.A. in history and art history from Wesleyan University.

Chris has been active in the leadership of several national philanthropic organizations, such as the National Rural Funders' Collaborative. Prior to moving to Alaska, Chris served as the treasurer of the board of Sustainable Long Island, a nonprofit, community revitalization organization promoting economic development, social equity, and a healthy environment for local residents.