Student Engagement Manager
Why I Do What I Do:
“Attaining my college degree provided me with the opportunity to achieve my dreams. I want to help others do the same.”
Alma Mater(s): California State University, Los Angeles
Your role in one sentence: I support our regional policy implementation and coalition building efforts in the Inland Empire and Los Angeles
When I am not at work helping students get to and succeed in college I am… watching a movie or a show, eating good food or dancing at a concert with my friends.
If not higher education then what cause? Women’s Rights, LGBT Rights and Criminal Justice Reform
Sasha Perez has spent her life in the Eastside of Los Angeles and the San Gabriel Valley. Her parents instilled the value of a college education at an early age by frequently taking her to visit Cal State LA. She spent her summers participating in youth programs hosted at the campus as a child and learned to ride her bike and drive her car in Cal State LA’s parking lots as a teen. When it came time to attend college, she knew her future home would be Cal State LA.
During Sasha’s first year of college, she engaged in political activity across California’s public higher education institutions and became a passionate advocate for higher education. As a student, she was an active member of her campus community and the surrounding community serving as a board member on LA-32’s Neighborhood Council, Cal State LA’s Associated Students Inc., Cal State LA’s Foundation, and the California Statewide Student Association. She also served as executive producer and lead anchor for Golden Eagle TV, Cal State LA’s first TV station. Upon graduating with a BA in Political Science and a BA in Economics in 2016, Sasha became the first in her family to earn a Bachelor’s Degree.
Prior to her joining the Campaign, Sasha served as the Youth Leadership Senior Program Coordinator for the Pat Brown Institute for Public Affairs. There she managed the Institute’s four youth programs: the Youth Enrichment Policy Project, the James R. Galbraith Fellowship, the International Internship and the Civic University and Candidate Debate Training. She assisted in coordinating many of the Institute’s major events, such as the 2016 U.S. Senate Debate. She also worked closely with the Building Healthy Communities, Boyle Heights community initiative to assist them in reaching their advocacy goals.
Sasha has been an active member of her community for the last 8 years working on issues impacting women, people of color and the LGBT community. She currently serves as Vice President of Operations for the Stonewall Young Democrats, where she has been a member for the past 3 years.