Carmen Perez is the executive director of The Gathering for Justice and a national co-chair of the Women's March on Washington.
Perez was born in Oxnard, California. She received an associate's degree in general liberal arts from Oxnard College and a bachelor's degree in psychology from the University of California – Santa Cruz.
Perez has dedicated 20 years to advocating for civil rights issues, including mass incarceration, gender equity, violence prevention, racial healing and community policing. Since 2010, she has served as the executive director of The Gathering for Justice, a social justice organization established in 2005 by singer, songwriter, actor and activist Harry Belafonte.