David Perry is Director of Stakeholder Engagement for the National Gay and Lesbian Chamber of Commerce (NGLCC). In this role, he works to create expanded procurement opportunities for LGBT-certified firms through events, business to business connections and improved technologies that link LGBT owned firms and corporate buyers.
David served as National LGBT Outreach Director for the US Small Business Administration (SBA) from 2013 until 2016. As such, he developed and managed SBA’s partnerships with national LGBT organizations, including the NGLCC. He represented SBA as part of a team that designed and executed the LGBT Business Builder, a two-year multi-city initiative to increase the number of NGLCC LGBT-certified firms and expand the use of SBA programs by LGBT businesses.
Previously, David held a series of leadership positions with SBA in the Southeast, including Deputy Director for SBA in Georgia and Southeast Regional Communications Director.
He joined SBA in 1998 after serving 16 years on the staff of senior Appropriations Committee Member Congressman W.G. (Bill) Hefner of North Carolina. He was appointed manager of a constituent services office at age 25 and later served as a domestic policy advisor on Capitol Hill. In 1998 Representative Hefner was credited by the New York Times for saving President Clinton’s executive order banning LGBT discrimination in federal employment when attempts were made to rescind the order by the 104th Congress.
A North Carolina native, David is a graduate of the University of North Carolina, Charlotte. As a member of the student legislature in the late 1970s, David introduced and secured passage of the university’s first LGBT nondiscrimination resolution and sponsored the bill chartering the school’s first Gay Student Union.
David has served in leadership positions with many volunteer boards, political organizations, and community based initiatives.