James Perry leads a team of close to 100 people across the state of North Carolina, advocating for civil rights, employment opportunities, affordable housing, voting rights, food security and more.
Before taking charge of the Winston-Salem Urban League, Perry served as the Chief Executive Officer of the Greater New Orleans Fair Housing Action Center for 10 years. Perry led GNOFHAC during the devastation of Hurricane Katrina, the most disastrous hurricane to make landfall in America. Perry worked aggressively to reopen the housing center post-Katrina and secured more than half-a-billion dollars for victims of housing discrimination across Louisiana.
Perry also founded the Mississippi Gulf Coast Fair Housing Center, testified before Congress eight times and has served on dozens of local, state and national boards and commissions. He currently serves on the National Fair Housing Alliance Board of Directors.
Perry is a University of New Orleans political science graduate and a graduate of the Loyola University School of Law. Perry and his wife, Melissa Harris-Perry, are raising two daughters in Winston-Salem.