Mara Perez, Ph.D.

Founder, Latino Futures - A Think Tank Project



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"Mara Perez is the consummate professional. She delivers high quality advice and counsel

 with a focus on measurable results and a compelling case. 

 She is tireless in her efforts to help her clients succeed. 

Highest recommendation."


  - Kathryn Johnson, Retired CEO, Health Forum, San Francisco


Words people use to describe Mara:
"Dr. Perez has been instrumental in moving our leadership institute to the next level.
Offering creative thinking and superb writing, Mara is both a valued and valuable partner of our fundraising team. She is an extraordinary consultant. Her contributions include a wide network on knowledge of the field of philanthropy and grant making. She quickly understands and conceptualizes the issues and ideas her clients bring to her, and then transforms those ideas into realistically achievable and fundable projects. She has a rare talent and we are fortunate to have her in our community."
    • Denise M. Lucy, Ed.D., Executive Director, Institute for Leadership Studies, Dominican University, San Rafael, CA


"Mara Perez has all it takes: she is strategic and creative in her thinking, she grounds her argument with focused rigor, and presents it in an articulate and passionate way. What more could you ask? Moreover, she is an absolutely outstanding addition to any team."

    • Karin Eisele, Executive Director,  Institute of International Education, San Francisco, CA


"Mara took time to get to know us well, and she approached our project with energy and impressive skill.  I appreciated her prompt responses to our questions and the level of her communication in general.  She identified many untapped resources and we wound up with several impressive gifts from new funders.  We will surely have an ongoing relationship with Mara; she clearly cares for our community and has made herself a part of it."
    • Lisa Graham, Executive Director, Sterne School, San Francisco, CA
"Mara worked with me for six months on an in-depth strategic planning process. She gathered and analyzed data from internal and external stakeholders, and facilitated three very well organized and executed retreats which led to clear and important decisions. At the end of our
work engagement, she wrote and delivered an excellent Strategic and Operational Plan."
    • Cynthia Harris, Ph.D., Magnet Program Director and Principal, Nystrom, Contra Costa, CA


"Mara writes with the precision of a word-crafter, honing the vision without losing its passion. She is a blessing to the non-profit world."
    • Mary Ann Finch, Executive Director, Care Through Touch, San Francisco, CA



"We found Mara Perez to far exceed our expectations for a grant writer. She not only gave us valuable insights on the community we serve, but also on how best to present our programs in the most meaningful and positive light to potential funders. Her excellent writing, professionalism and timeliness made it an absolute joy to work with Mara." 

    • Teveia Barnes, President and Executive Directorr, Lawyers for One America, San Rafael, CA



"Mara helped to bring all the pieces together on a complicated grant proposal.  The deadline was fast upon us, but Mara mapped out a clear timeline, got all the right pieces from all the right people, and prepared us to submit a proposal representative of everyone's contributions.  Today, that very collaborative project we envisioned is well-funded and thriving."

    • Jennie Mollica, Project Manager, Making Connections, Oakland, CA


"We benefited greatly from Mara's expertise in fundraising, grant writing and strategic planning. Her meticulous analysis, coupled with her ability to identify needs and think strategically, helped us transform an average grant proposal into a strong and successful document highlighting the strengths of our organization. As a strategic planning advisor, Mara not only grasped very quickly what needed to be done, but also set priorities for how to do it effectively."

    • Maria Massolo, Ph.D., Executive Director, Pan American Society of California, San Francisco, CA



"As a founder of a non-profit organization, I have always written proposals for grants. I was referred to Mara Perez by an associate. Once I met Mara, I knew she understood my program's mission. She listened to me and prepared a magnificent proposal that I can use for several funding sources. Mara is a professional and compassionate person, and I would recommend her to many other non-profit organizations."

    • Felicia Gaston, Executive Director, Performing Stars of Marin, Marin City, CA
"Mara Perez brings a wealth of experience on fund development, strategic planning, organizational development and cultural diversity. She is passionate about the work she undertakes, a treasure to work with and a true partner on any project!"
    • Nancy Kahn, Board Member, Young Women United for Oakland, a Project of the Tides Center, San Francisco, CA



"Mara Perez is a 'quick study' - which is so important when using consultants. Our case can be difficult to communicate. Mara absorbed a great deal of information through printed materials and meetings, translating the most salient points quickly. As a grant writing consultant, she was an invaluable asset for us."

  • Louise Franklin, Chief Operating and Senior Development Officer, Center for Attitudinal Healing (now CorStone), Sausalito, CA



"We engaged Mara Perez to provide a series of technical trainings to help more than 60 local agencies develop better client-based outcomes.  Mara proved herself to be up to the task. She grasped what was needed, took it upon herself to do background research and maintained patience, flexibility, and a sense of humor.  The trainings exceeded our expectations and received high marks from a diverse and culturally-mixed nonprofit audience."

  • Luis Chabolla, Communications and Education Officer, Community Foundation of Santa Cruz County, Soquel, CA