James Perry is president and CEO of the Winston-Salem Urban League. Perry manages a 200 person team across the state of North Carolina, advocating for socio-economic opportunities, wellness, affordable housing, voting rights and food security diverse communities

Before coming to the Urban League, Perry served for 10 years as the the CEO 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 obtained more than half a billion dollars in settlements and court victories on behalf of victims of housing discrimination.

Perry founded the Mississippi Gulf Coast Fair Housing Center, was a candidate in the 2010 New Orleans mayor’s race and has testified before Congress eight times. Perry has served on New Orleans’ Historic District Landmark Commission, the National Low Income Housing Coalition board of directors and the chaired the Louisiana Housing Alliance board of directors.    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, his wife Melissa, and their two daughters split their time between New Orleans, New York City and Winston-Salem.