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Michele Perez

Vice President 

Department of Management and Administration 

Overseas Private Investment Corporation 

Ms. Perez joined OPIC from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), where she served as Director of Administrative Operations for the Office of the Secretary. In that role, she was a key advisor and consultant to the VA Chief of Staff on matters including human resources, strategic planning and financial management. While at VA, she was also a part of the inaugural team which stood up the Veteran’s Health Administration’s Office of Workforce Services, responsible to oversee the agency’s human capital enterprise strategies and advance the agency’s goal to improve veterans’ access to healthcare.

Throughout her tenure with the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, she partnered with public housing authorities, cities, counties and states to increase affordable housing, and enforced labor laws and the payment of prevailing wages throughout the Midwest. As a survivor of Hurricane Andrew in 1992, her most meaningful achievement includes her work supporting the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s Chicago-based call center in response to Hurricane Katrina in 2006.

Ms. Perez holds a B.S. from Cornell University and an M.S. in Management from the Catholic University of America. She attended the John F. Kennedy School of Government Community Builder Fellowship program at Harvard University and completed the Executive Education in Innovative Business Practices program with the Brookings Institute.

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