Chris Perez

Senior Program Officer

Phone: (907) 334-0522


Chris has over two decades of grantmaking and philanthropic impact investing experience. Immediately prior to joining the Foundation in 2008, he served as senior program officer for the F. B. Heron Foundation, located in New York City, managing a range of grants and investments with an emphasis on community and economic development 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 William Randolph Hearst Foundations. Previously, he held positions with New York City and New York State governments focusing on urban development. Chris holds a Master 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 serves on the board of Spruce Root, a community development financial institution providing technical assistance and loan capital to entrepreneurs in Southeast Alaska.



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Program Officer

Jeff Baird

Chief of Staff

Vaughnetta Barton

Program Officer - External Affairs

Deborah Bitney

Vice President of Finance and Administration

Angela Cox

Vice President of External Affairs

Lisa Demer

Communications Manager

Tanya Dumas

Program Officer

Laura Erickson

Office Manager

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

Allison Macanga

Administrative Assistant

Dick Mandsager

Senior Fellow

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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

Finance Manager

Shawn Rivera

IT Operations Manager

Todd Shenk

Senior Program Officer

Sharity Sommer

Program Officer

Sonya Wellman

Events Manager