Luis Fernando Pérez works from the foundation’s Bogotá, Colombia, office, where he has focused on higher education issues. His grant making has centered on generating policy and institutional reform, expanding access to higher education, and removing barriers to the successful inclusion of traditionally marginalized communities in the postsecondary institutions of the Andean Region.
Prior to joining the foundation in 2012, Luis Fernando spent six years addressing the challenges of higher education in rural and urban communities. In Colombia, he served as project manager at the Universidad Autónoma de Occidente, where he focused on increasing access to higher education for marginalized communities and building public-private partnerships. He also collaborated with the Colombian government as an alternative development analyst, overseeing and implementing alternative development programs in rural municipalities. In addition, Luis Fernando was a professor of political science at ICESI University, where he dedicated his efforts to strengthening civil society participation at the local level through advocacy networks.
Luis Fernando holds a master’s degree in Latin American studies from Georgetown University and a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Pontificia Universidad Javeriana in Colombia.