On April 3, 2012, José Pérez was elected as Milwaukee’s 12th District Alderman, unseating a long-serving incumbent and becoming a new voice of leadership for the near south side. He is vice chair of the Community and Economic Development Committee, and serves on the Licenses Committee.
José is a lifelong Milwaukee resident. He grew up on Milwaukee’s near south side and attended Milwaukee Public Schools. He then received a bachelor’s degree in political science from Cardinal Stritch University, and has taken coursework towards his master’s degree in urban studies at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.
Throughout José’s career, he has held several key roles fighting for Wisconsin families, promoting business and building stronger communities. He worked as a national field representative for the AFL-CIO and later as an economic development specialist for the City of Milwaukee Department of City Development. José Pérez also served as the executive director for Milwaukee Inner-city of Congregations Allied for Hope (MICAH), an organization committed to addressing social justice and change within the community.
Prior to his election on the Milwaukee Common Council, José served as the principal for LRG Development, a commercial real estate development firm located on Milwaukee’s south side.
José lives in the Walker’s Square neighborhood with his wife, Rosa, and their two children.
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