Perry has worked in the field of education and youth development for almost two decades, with a particular focus on children and families in California. He started his journey in education as a teacher and executive director for CityStep, a youth development and arts education organization. Since then he has partnered with local and national philanthropies to work on a broad array of education initiatives. He has served as the executive director for OASES, a family and youth services organization, has been a national policy advocate through the nonpartisan group Children Now, and has practiced as a litigation attorney with Morrison and Foerster LLP. Most recently, Perry served five years with the Oakland Unified School District as the Chief of Staff and Senior Advisor to the Superintendent. In this role he managed cabinet and board initiatives and lead the design and the unanimous adoption of the Every Student Thrives initiative aimed at eliminating inequities between students while also preparing them for college and beyond.
Perry earned his BA at Harvard University and his JD at Harvard Law School.