Ellie Perez was born in Xalapa, Veracruz Mexico. At the age of 4 her family immigrated to the U.S, she grew up in Phoenix AZ.
In 2013 Ellie was one of the thousands of young undocumented young adults that benefited from President Barack Obama’s Differed Action for Early Childhood Arrivals (DACA). Ellie has years of experience in grassroots community organizing, mainly through political and voter engagement. In 2012
Ellie volunteered for the Maricopa County Democratic Party and worked on volunteer recruitment for Congresswoman Sinema and State Representative Eric Meyers.
Ellie served as the Regional Field Director on the 2014 Gallego for Arizona Congressional Campaign, Ellie played a key role as a Regional Field Director, in organizing and mobilizing her team to engage voters and secure Congressman Gallego’s victory.
Prior to that, she served as a key team leader and volunteer coordinator on the Gallego for Phoenix City Council Campaign, where her team helped elect the first woman to represent South Phoenix.
Ellie was the first DREAMer to work for and serve the City of Phoenix as part of Vice Mayor Kate Gallego’s staff in 2014.
In 2016 Ellie played a key role in the Arizona Presidential campaign, by serving as the Outreach and Latino Vote Director for the Hillary for America Campaign. After the 2016 cycle, Ellie became a Labor Organizer with United Food and Commercial Workers Local 99 (UFCW Local 99), one of the largest labor organizations in Arizona. Ellie is currently the Finance Director for the Kate Gallego for Phoenix Mayor Campaign.
For her work and involvement in her community, Ellie was recognized as one of the 40 under 40 Latino Leaders in her community in 2014. Ellie is a graduate of the Arizona-based program Leading For Change and an Andrew Goodman Fellowship Alumni. She is the current Vice Chair of Sheriff Paul Penzone’s Hispanic Advisory Board.
Ellie graduated from ASU with a Bachelor’s Degree in Justice Studies and Political Science minor, in 2017 and plans on continuing on to Law School.
DACA – Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals
Dreamers are people, young people who have contributed in so many ways. Just as a child who is adopted as a baby is still a family member, so are dreamers members of our country and want to be seen and treated as such. They came here because someone brought them here, this is their home, their country, they know no other. Let’s have a civil discussion about what this means to our country and to all of us who know and care about how we began and how we will continue to grow.