Thomas Lopez-Pierre: is a 50 year old Christian man of Dominican, Puerto Rican and Haitian descent.
Thomas Lopez-Pierre was abandoned at birth by his mother, born addicted to drugs, raised in foster care and group homes.
As a young child, Thomas Lopez-Pierre was evicted from the apartment he shared with his father by a "Greedy Landlord" (that experience set him up for a career in affordable housing).
Thomas Lopez-Pierre enjoys meeting new people especially people that he would not have had the opportunity to interact with (like a Orthodox Jewish Rabbi or a President Trump spporter).
Thomas Lopez-Pierre and his ex-wife are raising 9 year old twin daughters and a 13 year old son.
Thomas Lopez-Pierre attended John Jay College/CUNY.
Thomas Lopez-Pierre serves as the Chairperson of the Harlem Family Eviction Prevention Fund, Inc.
Thomas Lopez-Pierre is a self-employed, NYS Licensed Real Estate Broker with Lopez-Pierre Realty LLC.
Thomas Lopez-Pierre is a member of the Abyssinian Baptist Church in Harlem.
Thomas Lopez-Pierre lives on the Upper West Side section of Upper Manhattan.
As a long-time Affordable Housing Activist, Thomas Lopez-Pierre strongly believes that by rooting the ownership of real estate in the Black and Hispanic community broadly in the hands of Black and Hispanic people, it helps to defend, Black and Hispanic tenants from being exploited and displaced.
In 2017, Thomas Lopez-Pierre ran for NYC Council and earned a 2nd place position with 25% of the total votes in the election for the 7th Council District (Upper West Side, West Harlem and Lower Washington Heights in Upper Manhattan).
Wealth inequality between White people and Black people (and to a lesser degree, Hispanic people) in the United States results from a inhuman history of structural racism (i.e.: slavery, Jim Crow, mass incarceration, redlining in real estate, etc.) dating to the beginning of the republic, over 400 years ago.