Thomas M. Perrin is a third generation Tallahassean and a graduate of Lincoln High School and The Florida State University.
While attending college, Thomas worked at the Florida Research and Environmental Analysis Center as a cartographer and graphic designer. During the summer of his junior year, he spent three months in London, England completing an internship with an independent policy think tank where he gained a broad knowledge of how non-profit research organizations relate with donors, policy coalitions, and government officials.
Thomas received his Bachelor of Arts degree with a double major in Political Science and American and Florida Studies in the spring of 2005.
After graduation, Thomas attended an RNC Campaign Field School in Jacksonville, FL, and was subsequently hired as the field director for a Florida House campaign in Panama City, FL.
During the 2006 legislative session, Thomas worked with a Tallahassee lobbying firm where he gained valuable experience in governmental affairs and legislative research.
As Director of Public Affairs, Thomas utilizes his legislative knowledge and experience to lead the Institute’s governmental relations and policy events. He also serves as Editor for all of JMI’s e-newsletter publications. His work has been cited in major media outlets across the state and by national policy organizations.
In his spare time, Thomas enjoys playing golf, softball, flag football, basketball, and working out. Some other of his favorite activities include fishing, attending FSU athletic events, coaching Upward Basketball, and snow skiing.