Maria Elena Perales
Maria Elena Perales is the director of the St. Joseph Justice Center of the Sisters of St. Joseph of Orange. In her position, she leads local and national advocacy and awareness efforts to address social justice issues of our time. She strives to represent the sisters in their quest to engage and partner with other congregations, nonprofit organizations, interfaith leaders and community advocates to bring about systemic change and create opportunities for dialogue. She takes advantage of her participation in working groups, advocacy groups, committees and boards to learn and collaborate while creating opportunities for awareness, action and service. She has been working in the field of social justice for over 25 years. As an immigrant from Mexico, she can relate to the hardship and anguish immigrants face today from the anti-immigrant political climate to the inequalities the COVID-19 pandemic has surfaced. She is a graduate of Mount St. Mary’s University in Los Angeles and a member of the Sisters of St. Joseph of Orange Family of Joseph.
PRESENTATION: Amplifying Justice
CO-PRESENTER: Kristen Whitney-Daniels