The Washington Wizards would like to recognize the outstanding service of our community leaders by giving away the jersey off our back to one of the following leaders. These individuals were nominated because they exemplify service and care for others in the community. Fans may vote for one of the three finalists to be selected to participate in the Jersey's Off Our Backs ceremony at the conclusion of Fan Appreciation Week when the Wizards take on the Bucks on April 12th. Scroll to the bottom of the page to vote.
Tamara Perez is the Head Start Social Worker/Parent Involvement Coordinator at Bright Beginnings Inc. Child Development Center for homeless children and families in Northwest, Washington, D.C. and is a proud Washingtonian, born and raised in Southeast Washington. For the past 13 years, Tammy has dedicated her life’s work to helping children and families in the District of Columbia “weather the storm”. She has worked for a number of organizations such as For Love of Children (FLOC) Learning Center; Caesar Chavez Public Charter School; Children’s Choice Specialized Foster Care, Kinship, & Adoption Services; and the Perry School Social Services Center where she served as a Domestic Violence Case Manager. The heart of Tammy’s professional experience is creating support services for homeless families and their children. For Tammy, working with those who are homeless, especially small children, has been the most rewarding experience.
Graham McLaughlin is the Director of Community Impact at The Advisory Board Company, a global research, consulting, and technology firm partnering with 125,000 leaders in 3,200 organizations across health care and higher education. Prior to leading the organization’s corporate social responsibility efforts, Graham served across multiple areas of the business, including General Manager of the firm’s international performance technologies service delivery team. Prior to the Advisory Board, Graham was a management consultant specializing in targeted marketing and sales channel strategy for Fortune 500 technology firms. He has also been a wilderness therapy instructor, and currently volunteers with incarcerated youth.
Graham was a National Merit Scholar and graduated Magna Cum Laude from UNC-Chapel Hill with a dual degree in psychology and management.
Bryan Barren has more than 30 years of active service in the United States Army. During his three decades of service, he has held a variety of jobs within the medical field from establishing a medical training program in Iraq to conducting medical assessments in Africa. He has on two previous occasions held medical positions in the Washington, DC area. None have been as humbling and passionate as his current position as the United States Army Physical Disability Agency (PDA), Sergeant Major. With two combat deployments, he understands the importance of taking care of our Soldiers that have fallen ill, become injured or wounded in the line of duty. He also recognizes the impact that a physical disability has on the Soldier’s family members. Of all his assignments, this is his most rewarding.