J. Rhodes Perry: Field & Policy Manager

Rhodes Perry joined PFLAG National in 2008, and serves as the Associate Director of Policy and Programs managing the organization’s advocacy and coalition efforts at the federal, state and local levels. Before joining PFLAG, Rhodes worked for the White House Office of Management and Budget, focusing on federal benefit programs and policies that provide assistance to low-income communities.  He has also worked for the Ali Forney Center (AFC), a New York City LGBT homeless shelter, where he designed and managed a street outreach program aimed at reducing the inordinate rates of substance abuse and sexually transmitted infections amongst LGBT youth.
Throughout his career, Rhodes has led a variety of non-discrimination campaigns. In 2004, he was honored with New York University’s Presidential Service Award for his leadership advocating for the inclusion of gender identity protections to the university’s non-discrimination policy.  Currently, Rhodes volunteers with the DC Trans Coalition (DCTC), a volunteer grassroots organization united to improve the lives of transgender and gender diverse individuals living in Washington, DC. His contributions continue to help strengthen existing laws and policies to improve the protections of basic human rights for all Washingtonians.

Rhodes holds a B.A. in Economics and Gender Studies from the University of Notre Dame and a Masters of Public Administration from New York University’s Wagner School of Public Service. Rhodes lives in Washington, DC and enjoys devoting his leisure time to writing graphic novels, exploring interesting vegetarian and vegan restaurants, along with biking all over the world.