Chris Perez

Senior Program Officer

Phone: (907) 334-0522


Chris Perez has over two decades of grantmaking and impact investing experience in philanthropy. Since joining Rasmuson Foundation in 2008, he has managed a broad range of grants and initiatives while directing the Foundation’s program-related investment (PRI) program. Previously, he served as senior program officer for the F. B. Heron Foundation, located in New York City, overseeing a portfolio of grants and mission investments with an emphasis on community economic development and asset building strategies in rural communities and Indian Country. His prior experience includes positions in the corporate philanthropy and global corporate affairs departments of Pfizer Inc., serving as a program officer for the Pfizer Foundation, and as a graduate intern at the Hearst Foundations. Chris also has held positions with New York City and New York State governments focusing on urban development. Chris received a master’s degree in public administration in nonprofit management and finance from New York University and a bachelor’s in history and art history from Wesleyan University.

Chris has been active in the leadership of several national philanthropic organizations. He currently represents Alaska on the Federal Home Loan Bank of Des Moines advisory council, providing guidance on housing development and community lending needs throughout the bank’s 13-state district. In Alaska, he serves as president of the board of directors of Spruce Root, a community development financial institution providing technical assistance and loan capital to entrepreneurs in Southeast Alaska. He is also a member of the advisory board for the Anchorage Schools Foundation, an affiliate fund of The Alaska Community Foundation.



Roy Agloinga

Program Officer of External Affairs

Jeff Baird

Chief of Staff

Angela Cox

Vice President of External Affairs

Lisa Demer

Communications Manager

Tanya Dumas

Program Officer

Carmen Goodwin

Payroll and Benefits Administrator

Jess Haley

Executive Assistant to the President / Board Liaison

Josh Hemsath

Program Fellow

Stephanie Hubers

Executive Assistant to the Vice Presidents

Marian Hunter

Grants Manager

Diane Kaplan

President and CEO

Emily Kwon

External Affairs Associate

Dick Mandsager

Senior Fellow

Enzina Marrari

Program Officer

Alexandra McKay

Vice President of Programs

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Tristan Agnauraq Morgan

Program Fellow

Samona Norombaba

Finance and Grants Assistant

Kris Palmatier

Director of Finance

Shawn Rivera

Director of IT

Allison Ruoff

Administrative Assistant

Todd Shenk

Senior Program Officer

Sharity Sommer

Program Officer

Sonya Wellman

Events Manager