Sasha Renée Pérez is the Senior Public Affairs Manager for the Campaign for College Opportunity, a non-profit broad-based research, policy, and advocacy organization focused on ensuring all Californians have an equal opportunity to attend and succeed in college. She leads the Campaign’s statewide coalitions of students, civil rights organizations, and higher education leaders to fights for policies that improve college access, success and affordability.
Sasha’s passion for community organizing began in college. She served as the Vice President of External Affairs and Advancement for Associated Students Inc. and represented Cal State Los Angeles on the Cal State Student Association (CSSA) board. During her time with CSSA, she led a statewide campaign that successfully secured $97 million dollars to increase college access and college affordability for California students. During the same time, she was elected to her local neighborhood council and became the youngest woman in Los Angeles history to serve in that role.
After graduating, Sasha served as the Youth Leadership Senior Program Coordinator for the Pat Brown Institute (PBI) for Public Affairs where she ran the Youth Enrichment Policy Project, a policy education program for Roosevelt High School students. During her time at PBI, she coordinated the 2016 U.S. Senate Debate, 2018 LAUSD School Board Debates and the Pat Brown Institute’s Annual Policy Conference.
Outside of her work at the Campaign, Sasha is a Councilwoman at the City of Alhambra. After she was elected in November 2020, she was immediately sworn-in as Mayor, making her the youngest Latina Mayor to represent a medium sized city in California history and the first openly-Bi Mayor in U.S. history. She has been recognized as Active San Gabriel Valley’s Outstanding Elected Official of the Year and Los Angeles County Democratic Party’s Democrat of the Year. Sasha also serves as an executive board member to the California Democratic Party and a board member to Asian Youth Center, a 501(C)3 non-profit dedicated to empowering low-income, immigrant, and at-risk youth.
In her free time, Sasha enjoys hiking, traveling, and reading with her cats.