We are so excited to announce that Kim Perez will soon be joining The Cradle as the new President and Chief Executive Officer.
Kim has extensive non-profit and social service experience, most recently as the Executive Director of People’s Resource Center, a non-profit in Wheaton serving low-income families. Kim spearheaded that organization's expansion and capital campaign for a new, permanent facility in Westmont to serve the low-income community in the southeast region of DuPage County.
Prior to her 6+ years at People’s Resource Center, Kim held several leadership positions at the social services agency Lifelink. Kim spent twelve years at Lifelink and served as their Vice President of Child and Family Services. In that role she directed all the operations for the division, including Foster Care, Intact Family Services, Head Start, Healthy Families, as well as the agency’s international adoption programs.
"Kim brings great passion for The Cradle's mission," says Caryn Rowe Africk, Chairman of the Board of Directors at The Cradle. "While The Cradle has been an integral part of the adoption landscape for more than 93 years, we continue to challenge ourselves to stay relevant and evolve to meet the needs in our communities. Kim is the right leader for us at this important inflection point in our growth and development."
Kim shared with us that she is thrilled to be joining The Cradle. "I have held this organization with high regard for many years and feel so fortunate to be joining the team. It feels like a culmination of all my time in social services and in work with children and families.”
"It has been so wonderful to share the news of my new position and have people from all over not only congratulate me, but tell me with great pride how they too are connected to The Cradle. It’s unbelievable how many people, how many generations of people, are touched by the great work of this prestigious organization."
Originally from Iowa, Kim has a masters degree in social work from Loyola University Chicago. She, her husband and son reside in the Bucktown neighborhood of Chicago.