On November 8, 2011, Herb Perez was elected to serve a four-year term on the City Council.
Herb Perez is currently living in Foster City with his wife, Reina and two children, Nikko and Ciara. Herb has served as a member and chairman of the Parks and Recreation Committee, prior being elected as a councilmember. He is also a small business owner and teacher of his Gold Medal Centers. He received his undergraduate degree at William Paterson University, and went on to obtain his Juris Doctorate from Rutgers University, followed by a Masters in Sports Management from the Université de Lyonin France.
Born to Polish and Spanish immigrant parents, Herb observed at a very early age the importance of community, education, family, and hard work. In 1992, he was awarded the Olympic Gold Medal in Taekwondo. He has received numerous international awards as a taekwondo and martial arts champion, and was inducted into the Taekwondo Hall of Fame in 1988. He is a six-time U.S. National Team Captain, as well as a three-time winner of the Pan American Championships. He was also named the United States Olympic Committee ("USOC") Taekwondo Athlete of the Year.
The United States Olympic Committee ("USOC") elected him to serve on their Board of Directors, which sets policy and oversees a $440 million quadrennial budget. While on the Board of Directors, Herb served on the High Level Strategic Planning Committee, and helped lay out a long-term strategy for the future of the Olympic Committee,which included evaluating budget allocations, facilities management and programming. Perez and his Committee developed the long-term strategy that is currently garnering accolades as part of America's Olympic success.
In addition, he served as a member of the International Relations Committee, Herb traveled to Afghanistan after the war to aid in the rebuilding of the war-torn country. He was awarded the George Steinbrenner Award for his humanitarian efforts.
His award-winning business has expanded to three locations throughout the Bay Area, and he continues to remain engaged in community service and advocacy in Foster City. His work with families and youth has garnered him numerous awards, and he has pushed to improve park and recreational activities for a wide cross-section of Foster City residents.
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