The board of directors of ME&A, an international development company headquartered in Bethesda, Maryland, has named Teresita Perez president and CEO. Perez succeeds Thomas C. England, who has led ME&A since the company was founded over 35 years ago and is originally from Chautauqua County.
“I am deeply honored to be able to serve ME&A and the countries and communities where we work. In today’s world, the COVID-19 pandemic demonstrates the dangerous links between health and inequality. In many places, COVID-19 is also worsening the impacts of climate change and natural and man-made crises. These and other impacts of COVID-19 threaten to roll back some of the development gains of the most vulnerable countries ”, said Perez. “But people everywhere are resilient and, with the right support, will recover, overcome these challenges, and create a better future for themselves and their communities. I look forward to continuing ME&A’s work to support and improve the quality of life, tackle inequalities, and promote economic growth around the world in the years to come.
Perez, one of the co-founders of ME&A, has held a number of leadership roles in the company, including COO and Executive Vice President. She is an expert in international development programs and management, government procurement and institutional capacity building with experience overseeing government funded projects in the United States, Africa, the Middle East, Europe. East, Latin America and the Caribbean. She holds both a Bachelor of Arts and a Masters of Psychology from the University of Puerto Rico.
“Everyone who has worked with Teresita over the past 35 years knows her commitment to action, quality, integrity and people” said England. “Her extensive experience with ME&A makes her uniquely positioned to guide ME&A through these difficult times with courage, agility, integrity and an unwavering dedication to ME&A values.
England grew up in Cassadaga and Dunkirk and attended central schools in Cassadaga Valley and graduated from Dunkirk High School in 1958. He was a graduate of the State University of New York at Fredonia and the first principal of the development office of the city of Dunkirk.
Prior to co-founding ME&A, Perez was Special Assistant to the US Secretary of Health and Human Services, Nominating Office of Presidential and National Committees; Senior Policy Analyst at the United States Conference of Mayors; co-author of a study on federal support for the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico; and consultant for several USAID-funded projects.