Jerome “Jerry” Perez is currently the National Director of Fire and Aviation Management (FAM) for the USDA Forest Service. Prior to becoming the Director of FAM, Jerry served as the Forest Supervisor of the Angeles National Forest located in southern California. He has also served as the State Director for the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) in California from January 2016-October 2018 and State Director for the BLM Oregon/Washington Office (2012-2015). Before his career with the BLM, Jerry worked for the U.S. Forest Service in a number of positions that include Deputy Regional Forester for the Intermountain Region in Utah; Forest Supervisor on the Daniel Boone National Forest in Kentucky; Deputy Forest Supervisor for the Stanislaus National Forest in California; and National Litigation Coordinator in the Forest Service Headquarters in Washington, D.C. Jerry graduated from West Virginia University with a bachelor’s degree in Forest Resource Management. He received his law degree from The Catholic University of America’s Columbus School of Law. Also, Jerry served as a Peace Corps Volunteer (PCV) in Ghana, Africa (1989-1991) where he met his wife Rita who also was serving as a PCV. He and his wife Rita have been married for 27 years.