Jennifer Perla

Jennifer Perla

Associate Director, Research & Policy

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Jennifer is a Senior Manager of Research and Policy in Los Angeles where she develops actionable and accessible research and advocacy tools for community and education leaders. She brings extensive experience in applied and community-based research and a deep commitment to using data and organizing as tools to drive community change.

Prior to joining Innovate, she was a research consultant at Harder+Company Community Research where she worked closely with nonprofits, government agencies, and foundations to facilitate learning, measure social impact and translate data and research into action. Much of her work has centered on social justice and equity issues, including education, community health, criminal justice, and housing.

Jennifer began her career researching and writing at the Tomás Rivera Policy Institute and coordinating resources and events for a medical preparation and education pipeline program for low-income students of color at the Center for the Study of Latino Health and Culture at UCLA.

Jennifer holds a bachelor’s degree in Communication Studies from UCLA and a master’s degree in Public Policy from the USC Sol Price School of Public Policy. A Southern California native, Jennifer grew up in a bilingual and bicultural household in the Inland Empire.

What I love most about our work is …

…seeing our parent and community leaders driving and leading the change they wish to see in their communities. That is the only way we can accomplish real change – with communities at the helm.

Inspiring Quote

«You have to act as if it were possible to radically transform the world. And you have to do it all the time.» – Angela Davis