Alum Karen Perez joins Freese and Nichols

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Karen Perez has joined the Freese and Nichols team in El Paso and will spearhead the firm’s water, wastewater and stormwater expansion efforts throughout the metropolitan area. Karen has built a strong reputation in West Texas and Southern New Mexico over the last two decades working with several municipalities and public entities on a variety of water resources projects. As a former County Commissioner in Southern New Mexico, she has deep-rooted relationships with public officials and she has gained extensive insights into local government.

Karen earned a Master of Science in civil engineering and a Bachelor of Science in agricultural engineering from New Mexico State University.

More details about Karen’s new role at Freese and Nichols are in the release below.

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Karen Perez Professional PortraitEL PASO, Texas – Oct. 25, 2018Freese and Nichols, Inc., welcomes Karen G. Perez, PE, to lead the firm’s water, wastewater and stormwater expansion efforts in the El Paso metropolitan area. As a former Doña Ana County Commissioner in neighboring New Mexico, Perez has deep-rooted relationships with public officials and firsthand experience prioritizing infrastructure developments, which will enhance Freese and Nichols’ ability to create unique solutions for regional partners.

“From the moment you meet Karen, you can tell she’s a natural leader,” said Nick Lester, PE, a Freese and Nichols Vice President and Transmission & Utilities Group Manager for the West Division. “Her ability to manage complex projects with a forward-thinking approach, coupled with her first-hand experience working within the community, makes her an ideal fit for our El Paso office. She truly understands the needs of the region and will help our firm identify and unravel the engineering challenges facing the community.”

Across more than two decades in the El Paso-Las Cruces region, Perez has built a strong reputation for her expertise in leading rural and municipal projects for water, wastewater and stormwater systems; developing hydrologic and hydraulic models; developing substation sites; and navigating federal and state government funding and regulatory agencies. She has worked with multiple municipalities and public entities, including the cities of Presidio, Fabens and Tornillo in Texas and Las Cruces, Albuquerque and Artesia in New Mexico; El Paso Water Utilities; the Lower Rio Grande Public Water Works Association; and many of the MDWCAs throughout New Mexico.

“Karen’s new role taps into the many broad and diverse initiatives she’s been involved in during her career,” said Jeff Payne, PE, a Freese and Nichols Principal and Vice President. “Karen does an outstanding job of solving problems and connecting the dots for her clients. She not only designs and manages water resources projects but also develops key, lasting relationships. With her rich understanding of local government processes and procedures, she can help our partners streamline their projects and achieve their goals.”

Perez has worked in both the private and public sectors and for two years ran her own consulting firm. She is licensed as a professional engineer in both Texas and New Mexico.

Perez served as the Doña Ana County (New Mexico) Commissioner for District 3 in 2007-2013, gaining extensive insights into local government processes, permitting and budgeting. She was involved in several noteworthy initiatives, including the establishment of the Camino Real Regional Utility Authority and founding of the South Central New Mexico Stormwater Management Coalition. She also chaired multiple commissions and committees during her tenure on the commission, including the Mesilla Valley Metropolitan Planning Organization.

Perez has a Master of Science in civil engineering and a Bachelor of Science in agricultural engineering from New Mexico State University. She also earned a Bachelor of Arts in international affairs from The George Washington University.


About Freese and Nichols

Freese and Nichols, Inc. is a professional consulting firm serving clients across the Southeast and Southwest United States. With sustainability in mind, Freese and Nichols plans, designs and manages infrastructure projects. It is the first engineering/architecture firm to receive the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award. Learn more at


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