BENEFITING: MAKE-A-WISH FOUNDATION OF CENTRAL CALIFORNIA
ORGANIZER: MAKE-A-WISH FOUNDATION OF CENTRAL CALIFORNIA
EVENT DATE: Sep 18, 2016
Born and raised in Fresno, Perea attended local schools including St. Helen's Elementary and San Joaquin Memorial High School. He earned a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from California State University, Fresno, and a master's degree in Leadership from the University of Southern California’s Sol Price School of Public Policy. He also completed the Senior Executive in State and Local Government program at Harvard University's John F. Kennedy School of Government.Perea is married to Yahaira García-Perea, a corporate communications consultant. They live in Fresno where they are raising their two children, Ava Isabella and H. Joaquin Perea.
Henry T. Perea represented the 31st District in the California State Assembly. He was elected to the California State Assembly in November 2010.
Perea began his career in public service in November 2002 when he was elected to the Fresno City Council at the age of 25, becoming the youngest person ever elected to the position. He was re-elected to serve a second term in 2006, and served as the Council President in 2007.
While in local office, Perea served as President of the Latino Caucus-League of California Cities, co-founded the Latino Water Coalition, and served on the board of the California League of Cities. He also served on the San Joaquin Valley Air Pollution Control District Board and was appointed by Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger to the California Peace Officers Standards and Training Commission.
Some of Perea's other legislative accomplishments are within the areas of health care, energy, air quality, alternative fuels, and clean drinking water. In 2013, Perea successfully authored AB 327, California's first comprehensive electric rate reform bill since the 2001 energy crisis. He also successfully authored AB 219, a bill that lowers the out-of-pocket costs for cancer patients utilizing oral chemo therapy.
Make-A-Wish® grants the wish of a child diagnosed with a life-threatening medical condition in the United States and its territories. We believe that a wish experience can be a game-changer. This one belief guides us in everything we do. It inspires us to grant wishes that change the lives of the kids we serve. The Central California chapter was founded in 1986, Make-A-Wish Central California chapter has granted over 2,000 wishes and serves eight counties: Fresno, Madera, Merced, Mariposa, Kern, Kings, Tulare and Inyo. We grant the wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions to enrich the human experience with hope, strength and joy.