Host organization: Mexican American Legal Defense Fund (MALDEF)
Maritza Perez will advocate for the provision of quality educational opportunities for Latinos who are currently or formerly incarcerated.
Perez is a magna cum laude graduate of the University of Nevada, Reno, and 2015 graduate of UC Berkeley School of Law. While in law school, she participated in the Death Penalty Clinic, served as the co-chair of the Women of Color Collective, and was a recipient of the Hon. Cruz Reynoso Public Interest Fellowship. She has clerked or interned at some of this country’s most respected civil rights and legal services organizations, including the NAACP Legal Defense Fund, the ACLU of Northern California, and the East Bay Community Law Center. Prior to law school, she taught for two years in New Orleans and Atlanta with Teach For America. As an undergraduate, she founded and led the school’s Latino Student Advisory Board, as well as its ACLU student chapter, and interned in the U.S. Senate in the office of Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid. In 2014, the Huffington Post recognized Perez as one of “40 Under 40: Latinos in American Politics.”