Jessica Perez is an Oakland native who grew up in West Oakland and the Fruitvale neighborhoods. The Unity Council provided her first volunteer experience as a Youth Advocate for environmental awareness and open space.
Her first paid job was at Safeway. Jessica was the first in her family to attend a university where she double majored in International Relations and Latin American Studies.
She is passionate about supporting underserved communities and has over 5 years of experience working with youth. Jessica has supported dozens of clients to attain employment or enroll in vocational programs during her years as a coach at The Unity Council. In her spare time, Jessica enjoys hiking, gardening, and rooting for local sports teams.