Carlos Perea is an immigrant rights advocate and Founding Executive Director of the Harbor Institute for Immigrant and Economic Justice. For more than 10 years, his work has focused on building the political power of undocumented immigrant communities in Orange County through community organizing, coalition building, advocacy campaigns and policy change. As a public policy and strategy development consultant, Carlos has supported organizations and local initiatives including the National Day Laborer Organizing Network, OC Opportunity Initiative and OC Grantmakers. Carlos is a founding board member and past president of the Orange County Justice Fund. He currently serves on the City of Santa Ana Police Oversight Commission.
Research and Policy Manager
Mai Nguyen Do (Đỗ Nguyên Mai) is the Research and Policy Manager for the Harbor Institute for Immigrant and Economic Justice. They are an educator, writer, social scientist, and Ph.D. candidate whose research focuses on Southeast Asian refugees in the United States, immigration, policing and incarceration, and identity. Previously, Mai worked as a researcher with AAPI Data and the Center for Social Innovation on projects exploring civic engagement and political power in communities of color in California and across the country. Mai holds a master’s degree in political science from the University of California, Riverside.