Christiaan Perez collaborates with the training and research teams to develop communications strategies to help elevate materials and messaging that augments on-the-ground struggles for racial and social justice. From bloggers to the evening news, Christiaan works with journalists to help them understand the struggles that communities are involved in while connecting journalists to people who are fighting for the reforms that are needed most. Working with Christiaan also works with The Opportunity Agenda staff to develop materials, resources, and forums for press who are interested in understanding social justice struggles at a more comprehensive level.
Before joining The Opportunity Agenda, Christiaan worked as Manager of Advocacy and Digital Strategy at LatinoJustice PRLDEF, a legal defense fund focused on defending the civil rights of Latinos around the country. While at LatinoJustice PRLDEF, Christiaan assisted in building-up criminal justice programming and helped organize multiple convening for Latinos/as/xs fighting for criminal justice reform. Christiaan also managed the press strategy at LatinoJustice PRLDEF where he worked with lawyers and community partners to bring attention to nuanced legal struggles. Christiaan’s press work elevated LatinoJustice PRLDEF’s legal work to challenge immigration enforcement tactics, defend the rights of Puerto Ricans displaced because of environmental and economic catastrophes, and much more.
Christiaan also worked as a freelance journalist and producer in New York for Spanish and English radio focused on labor-related issues. Prior to that, he worked in Hermosillo, Mexico at a radio station called Zoom 95.5 and a non-profit in the Netherlands focused on supporting independent media called Free Press Unlimited. Christiaan graduated from Hofstra University with a bachelor’s in Political Science and Global Studies. While at Hofstra he volunteered at WRHU (the college radio station), hosting the Thursday morning show, and was a fellow at the Center for Civic Engagement, organizing events to engage the student body in political activities.