Luis Perales, M.S., Chief Executive Officer, is a native son of the Rio Grande Valley of South Texas. He is the son of an immigrant mother and a 6th generation Tejano father. His rural upbringing along the U.S. – Mexico borderlands is the backdrop to his intimate relationship with land and cultural preservation. A transplant to Tucson, AZ, and the Sonoran Desert, Luis has spent over a decade in the Old Pueblo. He is the Chief Academic Officer at Changemaker High School, a doctoral candidate at the University of Arizona, a two-time alumnus of the UA Department of Mexican American Studies, a two-time Export Fellow, and Green for All Fellow. For over ten years, he has directed his energies to the support and development of youth and their community. His expertise has led him to train and develop community at the institutional and grassroots levels in the areas of transformative education, health promotion, civic engagement, and environmental sustainability.