Angela Perez ’18 was appointed executive director of The Urban League of Kansas (ULK) in May 2020.
Perez received her Master of Education in organizational leadership from Newman University and has been working in nonprofit for more than 10 years.
“I’ve always wanted to help people, in whatever capacity that may be,” she said. “I believe that it is our duty as humans to help those who are socioeconomically and racially disadvantaged and underserved. Working for a nonprofit, I get paid to help people and I can’t imagine anything more fulfilling than that.”
The ULK is a nonprofit organization that offers programs in housing, workforce, education and youth empowerment for those in need. They serve more than 2,000 individuals in the Wichita and surrounding areas.
Perez enjoys the challenges and rewards that come from nonprofit work and is excited about her new role with the organization. As executive director, she advocates for the urban and minority communities of Wichita.
“I get to learn, listen and ultimately implement programs and services that people want and need. ULK has been serving the Wichita community since 1954 and my goal is to be the best steward possible for the organization,” she said.
Perez has been pleasantly surprised by the enthusiasm of ULK’s partners, donors, staff and board of trustees.
“There is definitely a place for Urban League of Kansas in Wichita and I’ve been warmly welcomed by so many already,” she said.
Her biggest challenge so far has been navigating business during the COVID-19 pandemic. She is thankful that others going through the same experience are willing to lend advice and support.
Perez is thankful to be in good company with individuals who are as driven as she is about helping populations in need.
“Honestly, I love being able to meet so many people who share my passion for helping others,” said Perez. “Any type of work can get difficult and overwhelming at times but being able to collaborate with people who share a common vision brings me invigoration and reminds me why I’m doing what I do.”