Katherine Perez is the Co-Founder of the National Coalition for Latinxs with Disabilities (CNLD). CNLD works in solidarity to affirm, celebrate, and collectively uplift Disabled Latinxs through community building, advocacy, protection of rights, resources, and education. The American Association of People with Disabilities recognized Katherine as an emerging leader in the Disability Rights Movement by awarding her the Paul G. Hearne Leadership Award in 2017. Katherine holds a J.D. from the UCLA School of Law (c/o 2013) and is a PhD candidate in Disability Studies at the University of Illinois at Chicago. She served as a Peace Corps-Peru volunteer (2008-2010) and a Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute Fellow (2006-2007). Katherine hails from La Mirada, California.