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Leah Perez

Media & Communications Coordinator

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Leah Perez (she/her) is a writer and curator based in Los Angeles, CA. Bringing her experiences in the arts to La Defensa, Perez currently works as the La Defensa Media and Communications Coordinator, bringing her experiences with writing and design to our team.

She holds a BA in Contemporary Latino and Latin American Studies from the University of Southern California and is currently in the second year of her Master's Program in Curatorial Studies at the Roski School of Art and Design. Coming from the art world, Perez is interested in utilizing art as a medium for liberation, a way of highlighting Black and Brown narratives, and using art spaces as an incarceration alternative for youth of color. Her research is in the aesthetics used in Brown and Black communities of Los Angeles and the artistic language of communities like South LA and Boyle Heights.

Perez is interested in merging her interests in art and organizing together and aspires to some day start an art community space for Black and Brown youth to be educated in ethnic histories through art.

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