Vilmarie Perez


  • Assistant Director for Career Readiness


  • MA, US and global legal studies, Case Western Reserve University, 2009
  • MA, rehabilitation counseling, University of Puerto Rico, 2006
  • BA, psychology, University of Puerto Rico, 2002


Vilmarie Perez is the Assistant Director for Career Readiness, overseeing the Careers with Social Impact career community at the Center for Career Exploration and Development. Vilmarie is a PhD candidate at Cleveland State University in urban education and policy studies. Vilmarie serves as a Board member of Branches Real Estate and a Board Member of Providence House organization, advising for External Relations and Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion committees. Before Oberlin College, Vilmarie was a Connections Behavioral and Mental Health Care Coordinator for 13 years at Positive Education Program (PEP) in Cleveland, providing comprehensive trauma-informed services for children and youth. During a sabbatical year in 2015, she was an Immigration Juvenile Docket Paralegal at Cleveland Catholic Charities Immigration Legal Services program, working with immigrant children from Central America who have suffered abuse or persecution and came to the United States seeking asylum. Vilmarie is an accomplished professional with over 16 years of comprehensive public service experience, including a full spectrum of justice system advocacy, qualitative and quantitative research, cultural diversity and equity outreach, and community-based organizer. Vilmarie graduated from Case Western Reserve University in 2009 with a Master's in US and global legal studies and a certification in public international law. She graduated from the University of Puerto Rico in 2002, with a Bachelor’s in psychology and, in 2006, with a Master's in rehabilitation counseling.