Director of Communications and External Relations
With more than 18 years of experience in journalism, public relations, and marketing in both the private and public sectors, Kristina Perez came to the Trust in 2022 with an extensive track record in communications. Most recently, Perez led the media relations, crisis communication, advertising strategy and creative development for the City of Peoria, Arizona, including earning the city’s first and only Emmy. Additionally, she taught digital media at Arizona State University’s Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication. Her photography has been featured in a variety of online and printed publications for the Arizona Office of Tourism, Visit Phoenix, Arizona State Parks and more. In 2021, Perez was named one of the most influential people in Peoria by The Upper Westsider. Perez has a professional certificate of marketing from the University of California, Berkeley and a Bachelor of Science in Journalism with a Minor in Community Health Education from Northern Arizona University. Perez lives in Peoria, Arizona with her husband, Blake, and two children, Porter and Preston. She is based in the Trust’s Phoenix office and travels to Indianapolis on a regular basis.