Fresno State alumnus Henry T. Perea, senior vice president of policy and strategic affairs at Western States Petroleum Association, was named to the University Advisory Board by Fresno State President Joseph I. Castro.
The 21-member panel of community members provides strategic input on development of the University. Members generally serve three-year terms.
Perea is a Fresno native who earned a bachelor’s degree in political science from Fresno State in 2001 and a master’s degree in leadership and management from the USC Sol Price School of Public Policy in 2014.
At Western States Petroleum Association, Perea is responsible for managing and leading the organization’s state government affairs operation (legislative and regulatory) in California and driving advocacy priorities.
Perea previously served as senior director of state advocacy for the Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America responsible for Arizona, Nevada and California. In 2016, he played a key role in the defeat of Proposition 61 and several local and state measures that would have slowed innovation.
In the legislature, he served in the state Assembly representing California’s 31st district from 2010 to 2015. He served as chairman to three separate policy committees including revenue and taxation, insurance and agriculture. Other standing committees he served on include government organization, banking and finance and elections and redistricting. He also served on Fresno City Council from 2003 to 2010.
“I am pleased to appoint Henry to the University Advisory Board,” Castro said. “He brings vast knowledge of public policy and legislative matters, and he will be a valued adviser as the board discusses key issues that shape the bright future of Fresno State.”
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