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    Rocio Perez


    Policy Fellow

    ROCIO PEREZ is a first-year Master of Public Policy student at the UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs, graduating in 2023. She is a first-generation student, born and raised in the Westlake McArthur Park neighborhood of Los Angeles. Prior to graduate school, Rocio interned for the Center for American Progress and was a Emerson Hunger Fellow for the California Association of Food Banks and Center for Law and Social Policy (CLASP), where she conducted research on immigration and health policy. Rocio has previous experience across the policy-making process, including staffing a bill aimed at protecting low-income workers under CalFresh and CalWORKs and contributing to detention research by the California Collaborative for Immigrant Justice (CCIJ) to successfully secure $4.7 million in state funding for legal defense services. Most recently, Rocio authored and led a legislative briefing on her report, “Pandemic EBT in California: Lessons and Opportunities to End Childhood Hunger,” which analyzed the impact of P-EBT on recipient families including immigrant families that received P.EBT and public charge concerns. After completing her MPP, Rocio plans to return to Washington D.C to pursue a policy analyst role researching immigration policy issues including immigrant detention, health access, and asylum.