Sierra Francis Perez

International Major Gifts Officer
Sierra is a passionate development professional of Dominican and Puerto Rican heritage (West African, Taíno, and European descent). As the International Major Gifts Officer for GRID HQ, she brings seven years of experience as a storyteller and advocate for historically excluded communities. She has worked with nonprofit leaders in the fields of racial equity, adult basic education, food/water security, and reproductive justice, with three years dedicated to Indian Country in the areas of youth development, health, environment, and sovereignty protection. Since 2020 she has co-raised over $9M from private foundations and federal agencies to support these focus areas.

Most recently, Sierra served as the Grant Writer/Coordinator for United South and Eastern Tribes, Inc. (USET) where she assisted the Offices of Economic Development, Environmental Resource Management, Tribal Health Program Support, and the Sovereignty Protection Fund with grant seeking, research, writing, editing, reporting, and grants management. She received her BA in Modern Languages, Linguistics, and Intercultural Communications from the University of Maryland Baltimore County, Honors College in 2015.

In her spare time, you can find Sierra studying ancient religions, history, herbalism, genealogy, and exploring the mountains of western Maryland where she resides with her family.