Honoree for SDBJ's Top 50 Black Leaders of Influence 2023

Lifeline Board Member Dr. Darjené Graham-Perez Nominated for SDBJ Top 50 Black Leaders of Influence 2023

Dr. Darjené Graham-Perez is Director of People & Culture at Walden Family Services. She is responsible for leading and developing all diversity, equity and inclusion programs, initiatives, people (HR) operation functions, and strategic planning with the C-suite executives. She is also recognized as an expert in the fi eld of early childhood education and educational leadership. Throughout her time in early childhood administration, she found her love and passion for the DE&I space exclusively, which propelled her for her new endeavor into human resources with an emphasis on transforming diversity and inclusion initiatives within nonprofi t organizations. Graham-Perez is the fi rst African American woman to serve on MAAC’s Board of Directors and is currently the Chair of the Child Development Committee. In March 2022, she joined Lifeline Community Services (formerly North County Lifeline) Board of Directors and Giving 365 Board of Directors. She is a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority.