Pride Month Profiles: Maria Perez

Maria Perez

For Pride Month this year, the AFL-CIO is spotlighting various LGBTQ+ workers who have worked and continue to work at the intersection of civil and labor rights in the United States. Today's profile is Maria Perez of the Office and Professional Employees (OPEIU).

Maria Perez has served the members of OPEIU Local 30 in San Diego as an executive assistant for more than 25 years, in addition to serving as office manager, administrative director and communications director. A member of San Diego Pride At Work, Perez said, “As an out and proud member of the LGBTQ+ community, I have a strong conviction to be my authentic self, thus creating a safe, welcoming, and inclusive space for all people, just as my union does for me.”