Vanessa Gail Perry, MBA, PhD, is a Professor of Marketing, Strategic Management and Public Policy in the School of Business and a non-resident Fellow at the Urban Institute's Housing Finance Policy Center. Her research on consumers in financial and housing markets, public policy, and consumer welfare has been published widely in scholarly journals and practitioner oriented outlets.
Professor Perry was twice appointed to serve in the Obama Administration-- as Senior Advisor to the Secretary of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and as an expert appointee at the U.S. Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. She has also served as a consultant to public and private sector clients, including the Bank of America, the National Association of Realtors, FICO, and the IRS.
Professor Perry has received several recent awards and honors for her work. She won an American Marketing Association (AMA)-EBSCO Award for Responsible Research in Marketing, the AMA Kinnear Award for Marketing and Policy Policy Research, and the AMA Williams-Qualls Spratlen Award for Multicultural Mentorship. Her documentary film, “Dog Parks and Coffee Shops: Diversity Seeking in Urban Neighborhoods,” co-produced with Sonya Grier, won the Association for Consumer Research’s Film Festival Award for Best Documentary.
Before joining the faculty at GWU, Professor Perry was a Senior Economist at Freddie Mac. Professor Perry holds a BA in Philosophy from The American University, an MBA from Washington University in St. Louis, and a Ph.D. from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.