Alice Perry has more than twenty-five years of experience in environmental policy and management in both local and state government as well as in the corporate and nonprofit sectors. She recently joined the staff of Mississippi Governor Phil Bryant as Senior Policy Advisor. Her responsibilities include advising the Governor on issues related to the environment, natural resources, energy, and transportation.
Prior to joining the Governor’s staff, she was the Deputy Director for the Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality (MDEQ) where she served as policy advisor to the agency’s executive director and as the agency’s liaison with local, state, and federal officials. In 2013 she was selected by the Gulf Coast Ecosystem Restoration Council to be the manager of the three-member writing team for the Initial Comprehensive Plan as required by the RESTORE Act, federal legislation passed to direct BP oil spill fines to the five Gulf States. The assignment involved a six-month detail to Washington, D.C. at the U.S. Department of Commerce. Mississippi was the only state to be represented on the RESTORE staff.
Ms. Perry's other experience in state government includes service as Deputy Chief of Staff to Governor Haley Barbour and Chief of Staff to First Lady Marsha Barbour and as Director of Public Information at the Mississippi Department of Employment Security.
Ms. Perry was the first Solid Waste Division Manager for the City of Jackson, Mississippi, and was responsible for the day-to-day management and long-range planning of the city’s integrated solid waste management system, including garbage collection, recycling, landfilling, and composting. She developed and implemented the city’s first curbside recycling program and helped to create a beneficial use land application program. In the private sector she worked for BFI Waste Systems of North America, Inc., and managed public sector business development and contracts with cities and counties throughout Mississippi. Her non-profit experience includes serving as Director of Development for The Nature Conservancy Mississippi Chapter and as Executive Director for Keep Jackson Beautiful.
Ms. Perry has been active in numerous professional, civic and charitable endeavors. She is currently a member of the Standing Committee of the Episcopal Diocese of Mississippi. She has been a leadership trainer for the Episcopal Church and was the co-facilitator for the Diocese’s Lay leadership Training Institute. She is a former board member and officer of the Mississippi Chapter Solid Waste Association of North America, Stewpot Ministries, and Hinds County Forestry Association. She is a recipient of the Mississippi Children’s Home Society’s Friend of Mississippi’s Children Award.
A native of Newton, Mississippi, Ms. Perry earned Bachelor of Arts and Master of Social Studies degrees from Mississippi State University with an emphasis on state and local government and minors in history and economics. She has two children and two grandchildren.