Assistant secretary of the Navy (manpower and reserve affairs)
Mr. Garcia acts on matters pertaining to manpower and personnel policy in the Navy. He is an attorney; a former Texas state representative; and a naval aviator, having served in Hawaii, the Persian Gulf and the western Pacific. He left active duty in 2004. He graduated from UCLA in 1988. He earned a J.D. degree from Harvard Law School and a master's degree from Harvard's John F. Kennedy School of Government in 1992.
Arlene Gonzalez- Sanchez
New York State Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services (OASAS)
Ms. Gonzalez-Sanchez was confirmed as commissioner March 1. Her position is as a Cabinet-level, chief executive officer overseeing an addiction services system with more than 1,500 programs and 35,000 paid and volunteer professionals. She serves as the Region II representative on the National Association of State Alcohol and Drug Abuse board. She has a master's degree from Hunter College School of Social Work, and a master's degree and a bachelor's degree from Fordham University.
Organization of American States
Ms. Lomellin has been OAS ambassador since November 2009. She previously had been the Inter-American Commission of Women for the OAS' executive secretary and the OAS's Department of External Relations' director for outreach. Under President Clinton, she held positions in the U.S. Office of Personnel Management and advised the White House Office for Women's Initiatives and Outreach on Hispanic affairs. She holds a bachelor's degree from St. Joseph's Calumet College and an MBA from De Paul University.
P. David Lopez
U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC)
Mr. Lopez served in the EEOC for 15 years in the field and at headquarters and is the first field staff attorney to be appointed general counsel. He was a supervisory trial attorney at the EEOC's Phoenix district office and first served as special assistant to then-Chairman Gilbert F. Casellas. Prior to joining the EEOC, he was a Department of Justice senior trial attorney. He graduated from Harvard Law School in 1988 and from Arizona State University in 1985.
Cesar A. Perales
Secretary of state
Mr. Perales has more than four decades of public service, including serving as assistant secretary at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, commissioner of the New York State Department of Social Services and deputy mayor of New York City. He is a co-founder of LatinoJustice PRLDEF. He earned his bachelor's degree from City College of New York and a J.D. from Fordham Law School. He is a recipient of the 2009 Lifetime Achievement Award from the Hispanic National Bar Association.
Mr. Perez represents the 46th Assembly District in Los Angeles and has been speaker since March 2010. He spent more than 15 years working with the United Food & Commercial Workers Local 324 and the California Labor Federation. He is first openly gay person of color elected to state office in California. He has worked with AIDS Project Los Angeles, the Latino Coalition Against AIDS, and the California Center for Regional Leadership.
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