Perry Chen

Chief Strategy & Operating Officer

Perry has worked in the field of education and youth development for more than two decades, with a particular focus on children and families in California. He started his journey as a teacher and executive director for CityStep, a youth development and arts education organization. Most recently, Perry was the Chief of Staff to the Superintendent in the Oakland Unified School District where he managed cabinet and board initiatives and led the design of the Community Schools, Thriving Students strategic plan, aimed at eliminating inequities between students while preparing them for college, career, and community. Over the years, he has served in a variety of roles such as the executive director for OASES (family and youth services organization in Oakland Chinatown), a national policy advocate through the nonpartisan group Children Now, and a litigation attorney with Morrison and Foerster LLP.

Perry earned his AB at Harvard University and his JD at Harvard Law School.