Paul Perez was born and raised in Trenton.
He served in the United States Army for 20 years. Paul is an experienced leader, administrator and skilled problem-solver, and has extensive experience in the areas of crisis management, law enforcement, emergency management, intelligence, and government administration and international relations. He has more than 27 years of experience in devising strategies and policies to ensure that an organization meets its goals and priorities. Paul has been part of senior leadership, and accountable for the outcomes of several public and private agency programs and initiatives.

As a member of the Senior Executive Service, he led complex administrative operations in areas including budget preparation and management, information technology services, logistics, human capital, contracts and procurement, governance and policy formation, and evaluating and building infrastructure. Paul also has in-depth government experience working with the federal budget process and life cycle and the federal procurement process, and has played a major role in the strategic and emergency management strategy for business and continuity of operations planning. As he is a previously Board Certified Protection Professional with ASIS International, he is a firm proponent of career development.

He has managed departments with personnel of up to 1800 employees, and has had direct responsibility for hiring and firing of personnel. Prior to returning to the private sector, Paul served as the Division Director of the Division of Administrative Services at the National Science Foundation, where he received the Directors Award for Collaborative Integration and the Directors Commendation for Dedicated Service – Visionary Leadership.

Paul is currently the President of his own company, PZ Energy and Electric LLC, which has employed a number of Trenton residents. He and his wife Janet are the co-founders of Partnerships for Trenton, a non-profit organization that brings resources to the citizens of Trenton. They have worked with Trenton schools, seniors, and several other groups to bring awareness and support to the community.

Paul is the Vice-President of the Latino Leadership Alliance of New Jersey, a member of the Executive Board for the Special Parent Advocacy Group, New Jersey, an adviser to the Trenton based Seniors Health and Wellness Task Force, an elected officer of the Veterans of Foreign Wars Trenton Post 12165 and works on many other community boards and committees.He holds a B.A. from Excelsior College and is a graduate of the Key Executive Program at American University and the Harvard Kennedy School Senior Executive Fellows Program.

He holds a myriad of training certificates that have supplemented his knowledge base, and is a certified contracting officer representative in procurement negotiations. Paul was a member of the Union Management Relations Board at the National Science Foundation.

Paul has dedicated his life to public service and his community and is now ready to lead the historic City of Trenton as its next mayor.