During his years of distinguished service with the State Board of Education, Mr. Perez honed his skills as a state-level charter authorizer as a member of the Charter Committee and helped greatly in formulating the current approval processes which prepares him well for service as a State Charter Schools Commission member. Mr. Perez is retired from BellSouth and spent five years in Gartner Consulting.

Mr. Perez was born in Havana, Cuba, and his parents sent him to live with his grandparents in Key West, Florida at the age of 12. He and his wife Yolanda have three children who attended the Norcross Cluster of Gwinnett County Public Schools, and the University of Georgia. Mr. Perez has an M.A. in Economics from Florida Atlantic University, and is currently an adjunct professor of Economics in Georgia Gwinnett College. He strongly believes that knowledge and determination are the keys to success.