BETHESDA, Maryland – (COMMERCIAL THREAD) – ME&A Board of Directors – an international development company based in Bethesda, Maryland. – named Teresita Perez as President and CEO. Ms. Perez succeeds Thomas C. England, who led ME&A since the company was founded over 35 years ago.
“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, ”Ms. Perez said. “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 am eager to continue 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.”
Ms. Perez, one of the co-founders of ME&A, has held several leadership roles within the company, including Chief Operating Officer 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. from the East, Latin America and the Caribbean. She holds both a Bachelor of Arts and a Masters of Psychology from the University of Puerto Rico.
“Anyone who has worked with Teresita over the past 35 years knows her commitment to action, quality, integrity and people,” said Mr. 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.”
Prior to co-founding ME&A, Ms. Perez was Special Assistant to the US Secretary of Health and Human Services, Presidential and National Commission Nominations Office; 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.
Ms. Perez, Mr. England and Senior Vice President Carlos Beale founded ME&A over 35 years ago in Washington, DC, and San Juan, Puerto Rico, to provide advisory services to federal, state and municipal governments the United States. Starting with practical experience in federal and local governance, ME&A has diversified into a variety of development sectors by working with US government agencies and international organizations in more than 80 countries around the world.