Andrea Pérez Homar is the Founder and CEO of Silent Grace. Born and raised in Puerto Rico, she studied Business Law and Music Business at the University of Miami in 2001. She found herself living and working in an at-risk community in Miami where she devoted her time to community development and organization. She then worked as a hands-on volunteer at children’s orphanages in South Sudan and Uganda during the winter of 2007. The following year she worked in Barack Obama’s Presidential Campaign in Puerto Rico and Philadelphia, PA as a Field Organizer. Andrea went back to Africa, this time to Ghana, to work in a medical clinic. Fueled by all of these experiences, she founded Silent Grace.
Registered as a non-profit organization in Puerto Rico, Silent Grace is committed to developing sustainable projects in developing countries that contribute to social justice. Under Andrea’s leadership, the organization works with an anthropological perspective in the areas of agroecology, disaster relief, ecological sanitation, public health, sustainability, and the development of social capital, particularly in Haiti.
She also collaborated in developing agriculture projects in an indigenous Mayan community in Guatemala. In 2011, Andrea was a speaker at the first TEDxSanJuan event in Puerto Rico.
Andrea spent the summer of 2014 in Porto Alegre, Brasil where she worked with a street clinic providing free healthcare to sex workers and the homeless, as well as facilitated global health and community development courses at the Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Sul. She is the Curator and founding member of the Global Shapers San Juan Hub, an initiative of the World Economic Forum. Andrea has a master’s degree in Public Health from the University of Puerto Rico and she completed her first year as a doctoral student in Global Health at Boston University.
She currently lives in Minneapolis, MN.