Perla Nunes, is the Community Outreach Director at Greater Gift, and a native of Ecuador. She has over 30 years in pre-clinical and clinical research. Her research career began at Hoffman-LaRoche where she worked in drug discovery. In North Carolina she worked at the Cannon Research Center of Atrium Health focusing on preclinical and clinical research areas related to oncology and immunology. From 2009 to 2020 Perla worked at Duke University, overseeing community engagement, outreach, recruitment, and retention efforts of diverse patient populations for clinical research studies.