Meet Sean

I have devoted my life to advocacy for those who have been left-behind by our government and economy, and will lend my experience to the advancement of all Virginians, from Tysons, to Tidewater, to Tazewell.

Fighting for equity, fairness and transparency in government.

Sean Perryman has spent his entire life fighting for equity, fairness, and transparency in government. He is the youngest president in the 102-year history of the Fairfax County NAACP–the largest chapter in Virginia. As president, Sean was active in addressing issues of racism in Virginia public schools. He led the advocacy effort toward renaming Robert E. Lee High School in Springfield, Virginia to the John R. Lewis High School. He has been a leader on addressing the school to prison pipeline, affordable housing, and worker protections during the coronavirus pandemic. Sean is also a frequent speaker and author on race, equity, and police & criminal justice reform. 

The ENVIRONMENT Sean grew up in affected how he viewed his path forward in life. Sean’s dad was an immigrant from Barbados and his mom a child of segregated South Carolina. Sean grew up in Brooklyn and he recognizes that a healthy and safe environment is fundamental for success. Sean knows that climate change affects vulnerable populations first. As lieutenant governor, Sean will advocate for environmental reforms to protect Virginia’s most vulnerable.


The ENVIRONMENT Sean grew up in affected how he viewed his path forward in life. Sean’s dad was an immigrant from Barbados and his mom a child of segregated South Carolina. Sean grew up in Brooklyn and he recognizes that a healthy and safe environment is fundamental for success. Sean knows that climate change affects vulnerable populations first. As lieutenant governor, Sean will advocate for environmental reforms to protect Virginia’s most vulnerable.


EDUCATION is essential to building a more equitable society. Sean first moved to Virginia to attend Mullen Elementary in Manassas, Virginia. This was the foundation for his education. Sean was the first member of his immediate family to go to college, paying for it himself with part-time jobs, graduating debt free. After graduating cum laude, and with experience from internships in the Office of the Mayor of New York City, the United Nations, and the State Department under his belt, Sean went on to earn a law degree from Vanderbilt University. While at Vanderbilt, he successfully advocated for legislation against human trafficking in Tennessee. The education Sean received shaped his beliefs about the importance of educating the Virginia workforce. He recognizes the massive cost of college and encourages boot camp training where Virginians do not have to take on debt and can acquire skills for high-tech jobs. For Virginia’s children, Sean believes in accessibility to internet access as well as universal Pre-K.


EDUCATION is essential to building a more equitable society. Sean first moved to Virginia to attend Mullen Elementary in Manassas, Virginia. This was the foundation for his education. Sean was the first member of his immediate family to go to college, paying for it himself with part-time jobs, graduating debt free. After graduating cum laude, and with experience from internships in the Office of the Mayor of New York City, the United Nations, and the State Department under his belt, Sean went on to earn a law degree from Vanderbilt University. While at Vanderbilt, he successfully advocated for legislation against human trafficking in Tennessee. The education Sean received shaped his beliefs about the importance of educating the Virginia workforce. He recognizes the massive cost of college and encourages boot camp training where Virginians do not have to take on debt and can acquire skills for high-tech jobs. For Virginia’s children, Sean believes in accessibility to internet access as well as universal Pre-K.


ECONOMIC opportunities for Virginians will be a guiding force for Sean in his candidacy. Sean believes in the legalization of cannabis to increase tax revenue for the state of Virginia. As an attorney, Sean practiced civil litigation on issues like insurance coverage, regulatory compliance, and business disputes and understands the role government can play in creating an equitable business environment. Sean believes that the legalization of cannabis will create new jobs, and the tax revenue will be able to pay for early childhood education. Any legalization framework must also free those incarcerated for cannabis-related crimes.


ECONOMIC opportunities for Virginians will be a guiding force for Sean in his candidacy. Sean believes in the legalization of cannabis to increase tax revenue for the state of Virginia. As an attorney, Sean practiced civil litigation on issues like insurance coverage, regulatory compliance, and business disputes and understands the role government can play in creating an equitable business environment. Sean believes that the legalization of cannabis will create new jobs, and the tax revenue will be able to pay for early childhood education. Any legalization framework must also free those incarcerated for cannabis-related crimes.


EQUITY is a cornerstone of America. Sean believes that all Americans, regardless of race, deserve access to equal opportunity and equal treatment under the law. Sean found an outstanding environment for the pursuit of these values in the office of Congressman Elijah Cummings, where he served as counsel on the House Oversight Committee. In 2018, hired as the first director of Social Impact and Diversity and Inclusion (D&I) Policy at the Internet Association (IA), Sean assumed responsibility for guiding policymaking at the state and federal level on issues concerning diversity and inclusion, artificial intelligence, immigration, and all matters related to the sharing (gig) economy.


EQUITY is a cornerstone of America. Sean believes that all Americans, regardless of race, deserve access to equal opportunity and equal treatment under the law. Sean found an outstanding environment for the pursuit of these values in the office of Congressman Elijah Cummings, where he served as counsel on the House Oversight Committee. In 2018, hired as the first director of Social Impact and Diversity and Inclusion (D&I) Policy at the Internet Association (IA), Sean assumed responsibility for guiding policymaking at the state and federal level on issues concerning diversity and inclusion, artificial intelligence, immigration, and all matters related to the sharing (gig) economy.


He oversaw the first-of-its-kind benchmark survey report that IA released tracking D&I practices across the industry. He also leads the association’s racial justice initiative, which demands comprehensive police reform nationwide. Sean believes in inserting accountability and transparency into the policing system.

When Sean’s firm was hired to represent Donald Trump in a lawsuit against chef José Andrés, he quit in protest because even before the 2016 election, he knew he wanted no part of Trump’s worldview or enterprise.With Donald Trump in the White House, Sean unearthed and investigated one of the first signs of corruption in the administration: Michael Flynn’s unconstitutional and illegal payments from the Russian government. This finding would be one of many to shed light on the deep corruption and unlawfulness within the Trump administration.

Sean has spent his life working in policy to improve his community. In Fairfax, Sean has led some of the most significant criminal justice reforms and has led on education issues. Sean and his family reside in northern Virginia.

He’s proud to call this community his home and he strives to give back to it every day.