As chair of the Democratic National Committee (DNC), Mr. Perez oversaw the rebuilding of the organization’s infrastructure and implementation of vital reforms, enabling the party to secure critical victories at the local, state, and national levels. As labor secretary under President Obama, Mr. Perez was a member of the president’s economic team, led a top-to-bottom transformation of the agency, and worked closely with key Department of Labor (DOL) component agencies, including the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), Wage & Hour Division, and Employee Benefits Security Administration (EBSA). Mr. Perez spent over a decade at the Justice Department during multiple administrations and multiple tours of duty, starting as a career civil rights prosecutor and deputy assistant attorney general for civil rights, and ultimately leading the division during the first term of the Obama administration. He previously served as secretary of Maryland's Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation (DLLR) and was the first Latino elected to serve on Montgomery County Maryland’s County Council.
Commenting on his move to Venable, Mr. Perez said, “I have dedicated my career to fair and effective law enforcement and enacting meaningful changes on public policy issues. Venable’s attorneys are at the forefront of helping clients navigate dynamic regulatory, policy, and labor and employment issues. I look forward to joining them in this important work.”