Chris Perez

Director of Programs

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

Michele Brown

Senior Fellow

Sydney Copley

Executive Assistant to Vice President

Angela Cox

Vice President of External Affairs

Lisa Demer

Communications Manager

Bob Doehl

Senior Fellow

Tanya King Dumas

Senior Program Officer

Julee Farley

Vice President of Finance and Administration

Monica Garcia-Itchoak

Program Officer

Christina Gheen

Grant Management Associate

Carmen Goodwin

Payroll and Benefits Administrator

Jess Haley

Manager of the President's Office

Rodney Hamilton

IT Operations Manager

Marian Hunter

Grants Manager

Diane Kaplan

President and CEO

Emily Kwon

External Affairs Associate

Ted Mala

Program Fellow

Enzina Marrari

Program Officer

Alexandra McKay

Vice President of Programs

Erin Milan

Administrative Assistant

Samona Norombaba

Special Assistant to Vice President of Programs

Kris Palmatier

Director of Finance

Allison Ruoff

Finance Assistant

Lailani Stone

Finance Assistant

Deborah Vo

Program Officer

Sonya Wellman

Director of Events