Liana Perez has held the position of Director of Operations for NACOLE since 2014. She assists the President, Board of Directors and Director of Training & Education with the day-to-day operations of the organization. Ms.Perez was formerly the Independent Police Auditor for the City of Tucson & the Director of the City of Tucson's Office of Equal Opportunity Programs for over 17 years. She was the City of Tucson's first Independent Police Auditor, entrusted with establishing the office and creating effective oversight for the community. Upon her retirement in 2014, she chose to continue her work in the field of civilian oversight as a contractor for NACOLE.
During her tenure as the Independent Police Auditor, Ms. Perez served two separate terms on the NACOLE Board of Directors, assisting with the conference planning, membership and finance committees.
She is a fifth generation Tucsonan and has worked in the field of civil rights for over twenty years with the City of Tucson and with the Arizona Attorney General's Civil Rights Division. She has a degree in Business Administration from Pima Community College, a certificate as a Certified Public Manager from Arizona State University and attended the University of Arizona.