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Connie L. Perez

Director of Institutional Relations and Research


Connie L. Perez is Step Afrika!’s Director of Institutional Relations. In this role, Connie secures grant funding from foundations and government agencies, conducts prospect research, and manages the Company’s database. Connie has more than 20 years of experience working in the nonprofit sector, writing grants and securing funding for a variety of missions from the arts to human services to the environment. Before joining Step Afrika! in December 2018, she wrote grants for two major Washington, D.C.-area cultural institutions, Shakespeare Theatre Company (2007-2013) and Folger Shakespeare Library (2013-2017). She holds a BA in Journalism and Psychology from the University of South Florida in Tampa, Florida. Connie is a member of the Grants Professionals Association.