Elizabeth Perez

Elizabeth Perez-Halperin

CalVet Deputy Secretary of Minority Veterans


Elizabeth Perez is a proud Californian originally from Fresno and has both Native American and Mexican American roots. She comes from generations of farm workers and military service. Elizabeth was first appointed by Governor Brown to the California Veterans Board in July 2017. January 9, 2018, she was appointed as Deputy Secretary for Minority Veterans at the California Department of Veterans Affairs. Elizabeth founded GCG in 2009 and since her appointment she now serves as a board member. For over 12 years, Elizabeth has worked in the energy and water conservation industry. She enlisted in the Navy in 1997 and served active duty until 2005 as an aviation logistics specialist. During her enlistment she did several deployments in the 5th and 6th fleet regions and transitioned from the military honorably as a Navy combat veteran.

Notable Accomplishments Include:

  • Contributed to passing SB1409, “California Energy Security Coordination Act” in July 2012.
  • Selected as a U.S Delegate to Japan as an energy & water expert in 2013.
  • On November 2013, Ms. Perez was honored at the White House as a Veteran Champion of Change, for “Addressing Climate & Advancing Clean Energy Technology”.
  • She was a member of the American Israel Public Affairs Committee Delegation in Israel during 2016 as an energy and water expert.
  • In November 2017, her firm GCG was featured in Forbes magazine.
  • Spring 2018, Elizabeth was featured as one of the “Mighty 25 Military and Veteran Influencers”. Just a few notable people she shared that list with is Dr. Jill Biden, Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson and Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti.
  • She is a graduate of Embry Riddle Aeronautical University and is currently an MBA Candidate, with University of Syracuse Whitman School of Management Program.
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