Rachel Perez joined BPE in 2016. As Assistant Grant Writer, she assists in securing public and private funding for BPE. She holds a BA in linguistics, anthropology, Spanish, and history from the University of Georgia and an MA in American Studies and African American Studies from Yale University. Previously, she worked as a research and teaching assistant at the University of Georgia and as a research intern at La Sociedad Peruana de Derecho Ambiental and El Jardin Botanico Dr. Rafael Ma. Moscoso.