Since becoming president of the board of the Latino GLBT History Project in May 2011, David M. Pérez has expanded the project’s programs in historical preservation, education, cultural celebrations, advocacy and leadership development for metropolitan Washington, DC’s lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) Latino community. David is Director of Development for the League of United Latin American Citizens, the largest and oldest Latino membership organization in the U.S. In this capacity, David leads the fundraising efforts for LULAC’s community-based programs in economic empowerment, education, civic engagement, health, housing, and civil rights, in conjunction with LULAC’s 900 councils nationwide. Locally, with the Washington, DC community David organizes around important causes such as the immigrant rights marches and Latino Pride events and currently serves on the District of Columbia Mayor’s GLBT Advisory Council. David has advanced St. Thomas’ Episcopal Parish’s vision of radical hospitality in various leadership roles, including chair of the Building and Grounds Committee and a leader in the 20s and 30s Group. In 2012, David received Metro Weekly news magazine’s Next Generation Award for LGBT advocacy in DC and in 2008 was featured in the “Out in the Workplace” article of California’s premier Gay Latino Magazine, Adelante. David earned his M.A. in Latin American Studies from Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service and a B.A. in Spanish and Social Science with a Minor in Biblical Studies from Biola University in Los Angeles, California. Born in the City of Torrance in Los Angeles County, and raised in Vista, a suburb of San Diego, he is a native Californian.