May 25, 2022, 12:00 PM - 12:30pm
NAA Town Hall: A Conversation with Thomas Edward Perez
May 25, 2022 12pm ET / 9am PT
The New America Alliance will host a virtual interview with Thomas Edward Perez, candidate for Governor of the great state of Maryland, on Wednesday, May 25 at 12:00 P.M Eastern/9:00 A.M. Pacific. As the 26th United States Secretary of Labor, Mr. Perez, will share his perspective on access to capital for Latinos and other unrepresented diverse businesses. He will also share his views on transparency and his personal story. The son of Dominican parents, his life is a testament of the American dream, and reflects the ethos of the New America Alliance by being a champion for American Latinos.
Please come join us in this discussion with Thomas E. Perez– it will be a dynamic, thought-provoking conversation with a friend of the NAA.
Thomas Edward Perez
The son of immigrants, Tom Perez is a lifelong Democrat who has dedicated his life to fighting for jobs, justice, and opportunity.
After his dad tragically died when he was 12-years-old, Tom helped pay his way through college thanks to Pell grants and a number of jobs, including working on the back of a garbage truck.
After graduating from Brown University, Tom earned his Juris Doctor cum laude from Harvard Law School and a Master of Public Policy degree from the Harvard Kennedy School.
Tom began his career in 1989 in the U.S. Department of Justice’s Civil Rights Division, where he prosecuted some of the country’s most high-profile civil rights cases.
In 2004, Tom Perez became the first Latino ever elected to the Montgomery County Council. As a community organizer, Tom also helped grow CASA de Maryland from a small, local organization to one of the largest immigrant advocacy organizations in the nation.
Tom then served as Maryland’s Labor Secretary, where he implemented Maryland’s first-in-the-nation living wage law, fought wage theft, and protected Maryland homeowners during the 2008 housing crisis.
In 2009, President Barack Obama appointed him to lead the DOJ’s Civil Rights Division, where Tom took on big banks for racial discrimination against African American and Hispanic communities and helped lead more investigations into abusive police practices than ever before.
In 2013, President Obama appointed Tom to become the United States Secretary of Labor where he settled major national strikes and fought for better working conditions, higher wages, and overtime protections for workers across the country.
After his service in the Obama administration, Tom became the first Latino to chair the Democratic National Committee and led the effort to win back the U.S. House, Senate, and White House from Donald Trump.
Tom and his wife, Ann Marie Staudenmaier, raised their three children, Amalia, Susana, and Rafa, in Takoma Park with their dog, Bubba.