Government Affairs Director
Perry advises the Governmental Affairs Committee on outreach to local government officials and candidates and tracks legislation as it progresses through the government process in an effort to provide a voice on issues that affect REALTOR® business. Perry joined WCAR in March 2007 as the part-time government affairs director. He advises the Government Affairs Committee on matters relating to the real estate industry including city and county legislation, communication with local elected officials and staff, and campaigns during the election season. Perry is an alumnus of the University of Montana (B.S. Business Administration/Economics (1990); J.D. School of Law (1993) and was Special Assistant Attorney General for the State of Montana and General Counsel for the Transport Airplane Directorate, FAA prior to joining WCAR.
In this role Melissa oversees the development, implementation, and management of member communications and public relations within the association. Melissa is an alumnus of Central Washington University (B.A. History; M.A. English Literature), Southern Connecticut State University (M.A. Women’s and Gender Studies), and is a doctoral candidate at University of Southampton (Ph.D. Film). She has a background in education, filmmaking, and PR and is excited to be part of this dynamic and collaborative group.
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