Local nonprofit My Possibilities has tabbed Eduvijes Rose Perez to serve as the organization’s first Chief Operating Officer. Officials with the nonprofit describe her as an “innovative and collaborative business leader,” citing her business operations mindset as well as her passion for diversity, equity, inclusion and belonging.
“My Possibilities is at a crucial point in our journey as we prepare for physical and qualitative growth to support our HIPsters,” Executive Director Michael Thomas said. “Eduvijes joining MP is more than just adding another person to the leadership team. She is a respected leader in the nonprofit community who brings experience in financial and operational excellence. We are elated to have her.”
Before joining My Possibilities, Perez served as the director of continuous process improvement at Year Up. In that role, she led the nonprofit through streamlining efficiency and methodology in the workplace while working to ensure ensuring a culture that adhered to best practices and empowered staff. In addition to managing the operations side of the organization, she coached a small number of students too.
Perez is also the co-owner of CE Financial Group LLC where she works to help organizations increase their earning capacity through data.
“We are thrilled that Eduvijes has joined My Possibilities,” Board of Directors Chair Karen Wald says. “Her extensive operations and finance background along with her proven success will be an immediate asset in My Possibilities’ fast-paced environment.”
Adding a chief operating officer is the next step toward My Possibilities’ goal of reaching more people while maintaining a community-centric focus. Long-term plans call for the organization to expand its partnerships and visibility to further assist the IDD (Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities) community. Officials say their focus is more on intentional action than growth. They describe this as having listening voices, active participation from all stakeholders, and sitting in the space of technology.
Perez is a Dallas native who has been an active community member and major supporter of women in public office. She has served on numerous area school site-based decision-making teams and chaired multiple fundraising efforts.
“Joining MP for me is about extending the inclusivity conversation. Being a woman of color, I actively see changes in diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging, but we need more,” she said. “The leadership lens I bring to MP is to build a standardized scaled business model that elevates support for HIPster in communities. Our goal is to see people with IDD valued for their unique talents in more significant numbers.”My Possibilities