David M. Pérez

Board Member, Co-Chair of the LHP Development Committee

David M. Pérez served as president of the board of the Latino GLBT History Project (LHP) from May 2011 to February 2015. During his tenure David expanded the project’s programs in history, education, and cultural celebrations for metropolitan Washington, DC’s lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) Latino community. David first attended DC Latino Pride in 2008, became an LHP volunteer in 2009 and joined the LHP board of directors in 2010. David completed his 6 year term on the LHP board of directors on December 31, 2015.

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 participation, and health, in conjunction with LULAC’s 1,000 councils nationwide. David also leads the national LULAC LGBT Equality project. David was a founding co-convener for the first Union Hace La Fuerza Latino Institute at the National Conference on LGBT Equality: Creating Change, which annually gathers 250 LGBT Latino grassroots activists for a full day of networking, issue and skill-based training.

Locally, with the Washington, DC community David has organized around important causes such as immigrant rights marches, Latino Pride, and building solidarity between LGBT people of color organizations, and currently serves on the District of Columbia Mayor’s GLBT Advisory Committee. David has served as Building and Grounds Committee chair and a leader in the 20s and 30s Group at St. Thomas’ Episcopal Parish. In 2014, David was featured on the cover of Metro Weekly and was honored with the Capital Pride Hero Award; in 2013 David co-authored his first Huntington Post blog; in 2012, David received Metro Weekly news magazine’s Next Generation Award for LGBT advocacy in DC; the Gertrude Stein Democratic Club’s 2012 Justice Award; 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.