JASON PERRY, JD: DIRECTOR
Jason P. Perry is the Vice President for Government Relations at the University of Utah and has served in this capacity since January of 2011. In addition to this role, he began serving as Director of the Hinckley Institute of Politics on July 1, 2015.
Prior to his tenure at the U, Jason served as the Chief of Staff to Utah Governor Gary R. Herbert. Jason helped the Governor successfully navigate two challenging budget cycles and his first legislative session as well as achieving a landslide victory in the November 2010 election.
A graduate of the S.J. Quinney College of Law at The University of Utah, Jason began his career working for the state Attorney General. A passionate advocate for protecting children, Jason helped launch the Internet Crimes Against Children Taskforce and received the FBI Director’s Award for distinguished service to the law enforcement community. He also served as a Special Assistant U.S. Attorney.
Following his service in the Attorney General’s office, Jason became an Administrative Judge at the state Department of Commerce where he quickly rose to the level of deputy director. While serving in this capacity, former Utah Governor Jon Huntsman, Jr. appointed Jason to serve as the Executive Director of the Governor’s Office of Economic Development, a cabinet level position. During his time at the helm of GOED he was instrumental in the recruitment and expansion of companies that bolstered the Utah economy and helped the state receive numerous national accolades including one of the Most Business Friendly States, Most Dynamic Economy, and Best Managed State.
Jason makes his home in Salt Lake City with his wife Mary Catherine and their four children.