Alfonzo “Al” Perez is an exceptional leader, cultural architect and urban specialist. He is a community power broker who networks and connects human capitol together for greater city impact. With nearly 30 years of ministry and community leadership, he is graced with an ability to transcend ethnicity, political lines, denominational divides and barriers in community that often separate the church and other community silos. He sits on several city and county boards.
Reverend Al is an advisor to the city of Des Moines on urban community development. He is founder of Regenerate 7; a community development group reaching into the seven spheres of culture that shape a city. R7 is a multicultural, multi-denominational, inter-generational group of pastors, non-profit leaders and market place people wanting to make impact in the region. Al hosts a talk show host for the TCT Network, a national Christian television network with a local affiliate. The show is called The Public Report and it highlights leaders who are influencing the gates of culture.
Rev. Alfonso is a leader in the Latino community on Latino issues and sits on the Governor’s Commission of Latino Affairs in Iowa. He is a community engagement coordinator for two organizations. Garden Gate Ranch; a human trafficking rescue and restoration organization and King Elementary public school.
Al’s love and passion for community has yielded these merits. * 2011 Who's Who Among Business Professionals and Leaders. * 2014 Iowa Character Award by Governor Robert Ray's organization Character Counts. * 2016 recipient of the Des Moines Education Association Volunteer of the Year award. * 2016 he also received the Polk County Community Champion Award. Al is a chaplain for the Des Moines Police Department and a 2015 recipient of the Community Ambassador Program Volunteer Service Recognition Award and 2017 Optimist Award Recipient with Des Moines Police Department.