Luisana Pérez Fernández announced that she had joined the Joe Biden government press team. "I left Venezuela 10 years ago in search of democracy and new opportunities," she said.
On Friday, Venezuelan journalist Luisana Pérez Fernández announced that she joined the White House press team as the new director for Hispanic media.
Ten years ago, I left Venezuela in search of democracy and new opportunities. I started this week as director of Spanish media at the White House, Perez posted on his Twitter account.
One privilege - he added - that I will not take lightly: to serve and protect a true democracy.
Born and raised in Caracas, Perez has served as press secretary and spokesperson for the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).
Previously, she was Deputy Director of Communications for Miami-Dade County Mayor Daniella Levine Cava.
She has also served as deputy director of press and head of Hispanic Media for the Democratic Party in Florida. In 2020 she joined the "Biden for President Florida" campaign as Deputy Director of Communications.
According to Univisión, Pérez became a US citizen in August 2020 and voted for the first time last November in the elections that brought Democratic leader Joe Biden to the White House.
Pérez Fernández is not the only Venezuelan recently appointed by the White House to work with the Biden administration. Earlier this month, the president of the United States proposed former Venezuelan congressman Leopoldo Martínez Nucete as a Washington representative on the board of the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB).
In a statement, the White House reported that Martínez, a Venezuelan-American lawyer, writer, and social entrepreneur, was nominated as executive director of the United States by the IDB, A body presided over by Mauricio Clever Carron is the first American to hold the post.
Leopoldo Martinez Nucete is a Venezuelan-American lawyer, author and social entrepreneur. He is also a former Congressman from Venezuela. He is the editor of the Center for Democracy and Development in the United States, IQ Latin, and director of LMN Consulting, LLC. Martínez is a member of the Democratic National Committee (DNC), one of the leaders of its Hispanic Caucus, and a founding member of the Latino Victory Project Board.
He served on the Commonwealth of Virginia Small Business Legislative Commission and is currently a member of the Board of Visitors at the University of Mary Washington and the Sorensen Institute at the University of Virginia. He also served on the interim committee of Virginia Governor Ralph Northam. He graduated from Harvard Law School ('89), Princeton University School of Public and International Affairs ('96), and the University of Miami School of Law ('07). He has worked with significant international law and accounting firms. In addition, he has extensive experience advising Fortune 500 companies, private equity funds, multi-Latin corporations, global businesses, and non-profit organizations.