Professorial Lecturer in Law
For more than 25 years, Nancy Perry has led policy reforms for animal protection in the halls of Congress and on the ground for grassroots campaigns. Ms. Perry's testimony before state legislatures as well as in U.S. House and Senate committees has helped codify key policy reforms for animals. While overseeing legislative affairs for the HSUS, she provided leadership for more than 20 statewide ballot campaigns on puppy mills, cruel hunting and trapping practices, animal fighting, farm animal abuse, and dog racing. Currently, Ms. Perry serves as Senior Vice President of Government Relations for the ASPCA, spearheading legislative and regulatory engagement to end animal suffering.
She graduated from Wellesley College with a dual degree in political science and philosophy, received a master’s degree in Communications from California State University, Northridge and earned a JD specializing in environmental law from Lewis & Clark Law School. While there, she co-founded the nation’s first student animal law chapter, animal law review, and animal law conference. Ms. Perry serves as an advisory board member for Lewis & Clark Law School’s Animal Law Review and she has served as an adjunct law professor for more than 20 years teaching the Animal Law seminar at the George Washington University Law School. Ms. Perry was a 2018 Harvard Law School Women Inspiring Change honoree.