Ellie Perez is an experienced management professional and educator with an accomplished history of working in these fields. In the past 18 years, she has enjoyed working with students ranging in age from newborns to young adults with multiple disabilities. Earning her certification in infant massage through the International Association of Infant Massage and Infant Massage USA has allowed her to teach parents how to massage, soothe and nurture their infants.
Using her management skills and passion for helping others has enabled her to own and operate Infant Massage Long Beach, an infant massage instructional course taught in person or virtually.
As the Executive Director for Visit Gay Long Beach and a member of the LGBTQ+ community, she enjoys connecting with others, uplifting those in need, and lending a hand whenever possible. In May of 2021, she and her wife Angela founded the Safe Spaces Alliance, a Long Beach City initiative dedicated to curating and promoting LGBTQ+ safe spaces and LGBTQ+ and ally-owned businesses.
Being a parent of a transgender child has given her great insight and a deeper understanding of the work needed to bring visibility, inclusion, equity, and equality to our marginalized communities. Ellie has a long history of volunteering and advocating for others, deeply rooted in compassion, empathy, and the drive to do her part to make the world a safer place for all of the communities she intersects.