Gina Peralta is the Director of Site Management at the W. Haywood Burns Institute (BI). She is responsible for developing technical assistance strategies for jurisdictions around the country committed to reducing racial and ethnic disparities. Gina is a passionate social justice advocate devoted to ensuring that system-involved individuals are treated equitably and with dignity.
Prior to serving as the Director of Site Management, Gina provided strategic direction to system and community stakeholders working to improve local and state policies contributing to racial and ethnic disparities. In her capacity as a Site Manager, she has worked in over 25 jurisdictions around the country including tribal sites. Gina has worked diligently to raise awareness about the impact of the justice system on Native American and Latino communities. She has trained over 1,000 justice stakeholders and is proud to have collaborated with sites to achieve remarkable reductions in disparities.
Prior to working at the Burns Institute, Gina worked at Public Counsel Law Center as an Education Advocate for youth involved in the delinquency and dependency systems in Los Angeles County. Additionally, she worked as a Grant Writer for Community Coalition in South LA. Gina is also a former Probation Officer who has worked with youth, adults and families involved in the justice system.
Gina attended the University of California, Santa Cruz earning her Bachelor’s of Art in Sociology and Women’s Studies. She also has a Master’s degree in Social Welfare from the University of California, Los Angeles.