perry wasserman

managing director

Perry specializes in designing and implementing legislative campaigns, coalition building, and grassroots organizing on a range of legislative and regulatory issues important to large and medium-sized nonprofits, such as charitable giving, nonprofit advocacy rights, and various budget and appropriations matters.  Since co-founding 501(c) Strategies in 2005, Perry has worked on virtually every major piece of federal legislation directly affecting America’s nonprofit sector and is frequently quoted in the media and invited to speak at conferences and conduct trainings throughout the country.

Prior to launching 501(c) Strategies, Perry was the Legislative Specialist in the Washington, DC office of Weil, Gotshal & Manges, LLP, an international law firm.  In this position, he worked to provide a variety of legislative and regulatory services to many of the firm’s for-profit and nonprofit clients.  At Weil, he also received national recognition for his lobbying work on behalf of an education trade association when he secured federal appropriations exceeding $200 million for an innovative school reform program.

Before beginning his work as a lawyer and lobbyist, Perry served as Special Assistant for Government Relations and Public Affairs at Legal Services Corporation, a Congressionally-chartered nonprofit organization, and worked as an aide in the office of a Maryland Congressman.

Perry graduated with honors from both The George Washington University, where he received a bachelor’s degree in political communication, and the University of Maryland School of Law, where he received his law degree.. 

He lives in Baltimore with his wife, a clinical social worker, and two young daughters.