James Perry is a community advocate, housing expert, husband and father. 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. Before working in New Orleans, Perry founded the Mississippi Gulf Coast Fair Housing Center, the first organization of its type in Mississippi. Perry was a candidate in the 2010 New Orleans mayor’s race and has testified before Congress eight times. He 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, his wife Melissa, and their two daughters split their time between New Orleans, New York City and Winston-Salem.