Juanita Perilla

Juanita Perilla is a Social Impact Coordinator at the Washington Housing Conservancy (WHC). Originally from Bogotá, Colombia, Juanita has an interdisciplinary bilingual background that includes social science, research assistance, public policy, communications, and small business creation. Prior to WHC, Juanita was an international student in the U.S., an intern at Capitol Hill, and a world traveler enthusiast. In Colombia, she was a research assistant at her alma mater, and a media analyst for projects related to Nigerian and U.S. politics.

Juanita also founded a small online business with a social impact purpose, and co-created The Golf Queens (Colombia); an organization that seeks to promote and empower women’s golf in Latin America.

Juanita earned a Bachelor’s degree in Languages and Sociocultural Studies, and minored in Government and Journalism at The University of Los Andes, Colombia. She also temporarily studied English and British Culture in London, and recently finished a Bachelor’s in Theology. Juanita’s interests include human development, improving quality of life, access to opportunities, business ethics, and responsible tourism.


WHC is governed by an independent board of civic leaders.

David Roodberg

President of The Menkiti Group

Joshua Bernstein

Chief Executive Officer of Bernstein Management Corporation

Charlene Drew Jarvis

Former Director at National Women's Business Center, Inc. 

Deborah Ratner Salzberg

Principal at Uplands Real Estate Partners

Cary Hatch

CEO of MDB Communications

Carol Thompson Cole

President and CEO of Venture Philanthropy Partners (VPP)

Rob Stewart

Chair of JBG SMITH’s Board of Trustees

John Gardner

Former Vice President of Buvermo Investments, Inc.

Tamara Copeland

Former President of the Washington Regional Association of Grantmakers

Kevin Clinton

Chief Program Officer for the Federal City Council

David Martin

Partner at ArentFox Schiff

Maria S. Gomez

Former President + CEO, Mary’s Center

Eshauna Smith

Director of Community Engagement, Ballmer Group

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Juanita Perilla

Social Impact Coordinator

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Social Impact Coordinator

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