Skip Perry joined the Mellman Group as an Analyst in 2010. Since his introduction to Washington politics as part of the team working to reelect Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, Skip has conducted research and provided strategic advice for some of the country’s most closely fought candidate and initiative campaigns. Most recently, he was involved in the victories of Senator Heidi Heitkamp and Maryland’s Question 7, both of which won Campaign Excellence awards from the American Association of Political Consultants, and AFSCME Council 25’s successful effort to defeat Proposal 1 in Michigan. He has also worked with a number of independent expenditure and third party groups, helping Senator Claire McCaskill, Senator Tim Kaine, Senator Joe Manchin, Governor Jay Inslee, and Governor Earl Ray Tomblin win seats through IE efforts on behalf of Majority PAC, the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee, and the Democratic Governors Association.
Skip has led qualitative and quantitative research on a broad range of issues for corporate, nonprofit, and labor organizations, including the American Beverage Association, the American Bankers Association, the Pew Charitable Trusts, Friends of the Earth, MGM Resorts International, the New Jersey Education Association, SAG-AFTRA, AFSCME, and large union coalitions in Michigan and Wisconsin.
Skip grew up in Pasadena, California, and Atlanta, Georgia, and graduated from Princeton University with a degree in economics. Prior to arriving at the Mellman Group, he led supporter outreach efforts at Garden State Equality’s South Jersey office in Collingswood, New Jersey, and was an Area Field Director for Maine’s No on 1 campaign, managing their GOTV office in Sanford. He also worked at a San Francisco public relations firm specializing in Web 2.0 and high tech startups, spent three summers as a legal assistant, interned in the newsroom at Atlanta’s WSB-TV, and taught SAT classes for Kaplan Test Prep.