Thomas Lopez-Pierre: a man of the people and a sinner, saved by God's grace (born addicted to drugs to a young life as a ward of the state) is an social and economic innovator, disrupter and provocateur operating out of Harlem, New York.
Thomas Lopez-Pierre is a 45 year old man of Puerto Rican, Dominican and Haitian descent.
Thomas Lopez-Pierre and his ex-wife share a set of twin girls and a 3rd grade son (charter school student).
A native New Yorker, Thomas Lopez-Pierre's professional background is rooted in social responsibility and devoted to philanthropic endeavors that help strengthen his community.
Thomas Lopez-Pierre is a Licensed Real Estate Broker with his own firm, Lopez-Pierre Realty, LLC operating in Harlem (liveuptown.com).
Member of the Democratic Party in New York.
Thomas Lopez-Pierre attended John Jay College/CUNY.
Thomas Lopez-Pierre lives on the Upper Westside of Manhattan.
Thomas Lopez-Pierre is a member of the Abyssinian Baptist Church in Harlem.
SOCRATES once said that the more he learned, the more he became convinced of his own ignorance.
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Thomas and his twin brother were born addicted to drugs in 1968 in the Bronx to a woman of Haitian and Dominican decent. The sperm donor was of Puerto Rican descent. They never married. Thomas never saw his natural mother again, after she left the hospital. The State of New York made Thomas and his brother wards of the state and a burden to taxpayers.
After a number of years of living in several foster homes, Thomas and his brother were sent by the state to live a few years with his drug addicted father in gang infested Bushwick, Brooklyn(where even children knew that death was just around the corner) before being sent to live in a number of group homes. Thomas aged out of the group home system at 21 years of age.
Thomas and his twin brother decided on two very different courses in life. With God’s forgiveness for his past sins, Thomas had the opportunity to walk away from Bushwick, Brooklyn and enter college. On the other hand, Thomas’s brother was arrested and sent to prison (carjacking). Six months after being released from serving 7+ years in prison, Thomas’s brother armed with a gun was killed by the NYPD while committing armed robbery.
Thomas Lopez-Pierre and his twin brother
In 1989, Thomas started his lifelong career as a social and economic innovator, disrupter and provocateur as a 19 year-old student at John Jay College of Criminal Justice of the City University of New York. Thomas helped to organize student protests against Gov. Mario Cuomo’s plans to increase tuition primarily on the backs of low income Black and Hispanic students. Thomas was arrested with other students for peacefully protesting at the New York Stock Exchange (over 10,000 students participated).
Weeks later, Thomas joined hundreds of students to take over the headquarters of the university by chaining doors and kicking out staff. Thomas is proud to this day that his name is listed with other student leaders on the judges’ court order directing them to return the building to the university. In the end, students and their allies (and with positive media reports) forced Gov. Cuomo to back down and withdraw his tuition increase plan.
Fast forward to 2013, Thomas at 45 years of age is still committed to social and economic justice as an innovator, disrupter and provocateur operating out of Harlem, New York.
Today, Thomas is helping to organize the fight against the displacement of Black-owned small businesses in Harlem, New York. Thomas established two organizations: the Harlem Small Business Fund, LLC as a socially responsible private equity firm committed to investing in Black-owned small businesses and the Harlem Buy Black Campaign Fund, Inc. as a non-profit organization dedicated to educating Black consumers (and the general public) to support Black-owned small businesses in Harlem (plans to publish the Harlem Restaurant Book, 100,000 copies per year to provide residents of Harlem with an updated listing of the best Harlem Black-owned restaurants, bars and cafes).
Recently, Thomas was a first-time candidate for political office: Democratic District Leader (69th Assembly District/ Part A) on the Upper Westside of Upper Manhattan. The Democratic District Leader district runs from 96th Street to 106th Street/Central Park West to Westside Highway. Thomas garnered 1,200 votes; primarily from Black and Hispanic public housing residents (his opponent, an old White guy in office for about 15+ years, won with 2,600 votes from Jewish/White middle income voters).