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James Perry


About James

James Perry is president and CEO of the Winston-Salem Urban League. Perry leads a near 20 person team across the North Carolina Triad, advocating for civil rights, employment opportunities, affordable housing, health and wellness, voting rights, food security and more.

Before taking charge of the Urban League, Perry served for 10 years as the the Chief Executive Officer of the Greater New Orleans Fair Housing Action Center.  Perry led the Center through hurricane Katrina, the most disastrous hurricane to make landfall in America. Under his leadership, the Center won more than half a billion dollars for victims of discrimination across Louisiana.

Perry 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 political science graduate of the University of New Orleans and a graduate of the Loyola University School of Law. Perry, and his wife Melissa Harris-Perry, are raising two daughters in Winston-Salem, NC.


You cannot be afraid to speak up and speak out for what you believe. You have to have courage, raw courage.

Congressman John Lewis