Noemi Y. Perez is the President & CEO of The Immokalee Foundation, a 31-year-old, non-profit organization in Immokalee, Florida. With a 100% focus on education, career readiness, and professional development, the Foundation offers students the tools, opportunities, and support they need to succeed at each level of their education – whether they choose college, technical programs, or certifications that lead to financial independence.
Perez began her employment with The Immokalee Foundation in 2008 as a student advocate.
Raised in Immokalee and forced to deal with many of the struggles Foundation students encounter, she uses her experience and connections to help Immokalee’s brightest young people on their journey to meaningful careers.
Perez graduated from Hodges University in 2013 with a bachelor’s in Business Administration and a minor in Management. She is currently a Hodges La Comunidad Advisory Council member. Perez has been included in the Naples 100 and appeared on Naples Illustrated’s list of Collier County’s most influential business leaders in 2021 and 2022. In addition to being named to the Business Observer’s 2020 “40 Under 40” list, she is an Advisory Council member at the Water School at Florida Gulf Coast University.
Most recently, Perez was named Florida College Access Network’s 2022 College Ready Florida Innovator. She was selected for the award based on her leadership in redesigning The Immokalee Foundation’s college-preparatory programs to ensure every student acquires the technical skills, hands-on experience, and credentials that lead to a professional career and financial independence.
Her primary ambition is to help others accomplish their goals, whether family, co-workers, or community members. She has always believed that, even if you help one person, you have helped the world.
As Perez continues her personal and professional development, she hopes to continue to make connections with others and build relationships to help guide and connect those in need.