County employee Monica Perez named Hispanic “40 Under 40”
West Phoenix resident Monica Perez, an aide to Maricopa County Supervisor Marie Lopez Rogers, has been named as one of 40 Hispanic Leaders under 40 in Arizona. Perez, a native of Tucson and raised in Douglas, was honored for her commitment to community service and leadership. She has worked in Washington D.C. and Las Vegas for SEIU, the Service Employees International Union, and Planned Parenthood, focusing on Latino programs and voter engagement.
Ms. Perez considers her parents, Ramon and Luz Perez, of Douglas, and longtime activist and leader Alfredo Gutierrez as role models and mentors. “Most people don’t understand or appreciate all that efforts and progress that previous generations have made and continue to make to our society. I hope to emulate them in my own commitment.” For example, her mother teaches English, a language she learned herself watching Sesame Street with her daughters.
Perez, 36, is new to Maricopa County, having joined Supervisor Rogers soon after her appointment to the board in early June.
"Monica is a compassionate leader who works tirelessly for her community," commented Supervisor Rogers. "She rarely seeks recognition, rather choosing to get things done. She treats everyone with respect. We are fortunate to have her with Maricopa County."
Ms.Perez is part of the eighth class of 40 diverse leaders recognized annually by Univision Radio - Phoenix and Valle del Sol, honored for their efforts of service to the community. Previous winners include Adam Lopez Falk, a board member of the Alhambra Elementary School District, Dulce Matuz, a leader in the Dream Act Coalition, and Jhoana Molina, of the Maricopa County Department of Public Health. She will be honored at a luncheon Oct. 3 at the Arizona Biltmore Resort.
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