MDAQMD Governing Board Welcomes Manuel Perez
On June 12, 2017, Riverside County Fourth District Supervisor V. Manuel Perez was sworn in as the MDAQMD Governing Board’s representative to the Palo Verde Valley/Blythe region. Perez replaces the late John J. Benoit on the District’s 13 member governing body, and most recently, Riverside County Fifth District Supervisor Marion Ashley, who temporarily replaced Benoit on the MDAQMD Board in January 2017, shortly after his passing.
Perez was appointed to the Riverside County Board of Supervisors by Gov. Edmund G. Brown Jr. on May 9, 2017, replacing Benoit in representing the County’s Fourth District. The Fourth Supervisorial District covers the eastern two-thirds of Riverside County, stretching from Palm Springs and Desert Hot Springs, south to the Salton Sea and east to Blythe and the Colorado River. Born and raised in the Coachella Valley, the son of immigrant farmworkers, Perez attended local public schools and graduated from the University of California, Riverside. He taught at a local middle school, and went on to earn a Master of Education degree in Administration, Planning and Social Policy from Harvard University. He worked as a youth advocate and director of community health and advocacy for Santa Rosa Del Valle-Borrego Health, at Centro Medico Coachella and Centro Medico Oasis. From 2004 to 2008, he served on the Coachella Valley Unified School District Board of Trustees, where he led the passage of a $250 million bond to construct and renovate schools in the eastern Coachella Valley.
In 2008, Perez was elected to the California State Assembly, representing eastern Riverside County and Imperial County. After serving three terms in the State Assembly, Perez continued his public service with election to the Coachella City Council. Prior to his appointment to county supervisor, he was chief government and public affairs officer for Borrego Health, a federally qualified health center serving the under-served in San Diego, Riverside and San Bernardino Counties. Perez resides in Coachella with Gladis, his wife of 19 years. They have two sons, Ruben and Alejandro, who attend UC Davis and UC Santa Barbara, respectively.
“Supervisor Perez’s knowledge of regional issues and historical commitment to common-sense air quality solutions, renewable energy, and robust economic development make him a dynamic and welcome addition to the MDAQMD Governing Board,” commented MDAQMD Executive Director Brad Poiriez, who worked with Perez during his tenure at Imperial County APCD including on Salton Sea air quality issues.