Deveney Perry is the Executive Director at BLDG Memphis (Build Live Develop Grow) - advancing equitable economic development strategies that support neighborhoods. She was formerly the Director of Advocacy, and first joined the team as the Resilient Communities project manager for Memphis efforts under the national Strong Prosperous and Resilient Communities Challenge (SPARCC) led by Enterprise Community Partners and Low Income Investment Fund. Currently she supports the organization's mission to provide policy support, capacity building, and community engagement to community development corporations, stakeholders, and initiatives around equitable investment into Memphis neighborhoods.
Deveney has worked with the City of Memphis, where her policy research was instrumental in the restructuring of the City’s business development and diversity compliance office. In addition, she has worked to advance entrepreneurship and business development in Memphis by developing entrepreneurial programs for working communities, reentry services, and high school students.
Deveney serves on the Girls Inc. of Memphis Board of Directors, Neighborhood Preservation Inc. advisory board, the Shelby County Mayor’s Young Professionals Council, has been honored by Memphis Flyer for Top 20 Under 30, and is an ambassador for the Memphis Riverfront Park Partnership. She received her Bachelors from Spelman College in Atlanta, GA.