Bret Perkins is Vice President of External and Government Affairs for Comcast Corporation. In this role, he is responsible for the company’s strategic partnerships with national public policy organizations as well as implementing the company’s regulatory and legislative initiatives at the local level, managing relationships with state and local intergovernmental associations, and grassroots communications.
Bret served in other capacities at Comcast, including Senior Director of Public Policy, Comcast Corporation and Vice President of Government Affairs for Comcast Cable Communications. Bret joined Comcast in 2001, and is credited with effectively managing a very large local government affairs function during a rapidly growing period for the company. During this time, he managed the transition from an operation responsible for 22 states and 2,500 communities to one with 39 states and 6,000 communities.
Previously he served as Vice President of System Services and Assistant to the President at Mercy Health System, a regional healthcare system in southeast Pennsylvania and subsidiary of Catholic Health East. He was responsible for managing the office of the President, board relations and project management at this regional integrated health care system.
Before Mercy Health System he worked in Legislative Affairs at the multi-state Medicaid managed care company Keystone Mercy/AmeriHealth Mercy Health Plan for four years where he was responsible for government relations and the minority and women owned business development department. Previously he was Manager of Labor Relations for North Philadelphia Health System.
Bret is involved in several capacities at his alma mater, Temple University. He serves as President of the Temple University Alumni Association, is on the University’s Board of Trustees, and is a member of the Fox School of Business Board of Visitors. He is a past President of the Temple Young Alumni Association and past President of the Fox School of Business Alumni Association.
Bret is Past President of the Philadelphia Chapter of the National Association of Multi-Ethnicity in Communications. He also serves on the Board and Executive Committee of The Committee of Seventy, the Philadelphia political watchdog nonprofit organization, and on the Philadelphia International Airport Advisory Board.
In 2008 he was awarded the cable industry’s Vanguard Award for Young Leadership. In 2010 he was named to CableFAX's 2010 Most Influential Minorities in Cable. In 2008 he was also named one of Leadership Philadelphia’s Top 101 Emerging Connectors.
Bret received a BBA in Business Administration from Temple University where he was a four year starter on the varsity soccer team, serving as captain his senior year. He is a graduate of the Leadership Philadelphia Core Program, NAMIC’s Executive Leadership Development Program Class VII and Comcast’s Executive Leadership Program.
Class Act: Deepening the Education Connection
Monday, May 21, 2012
3:30 PM - 4:30 PM
Room 156C East
Ideas in Action: Driving Broadband Adoption in America
Tuesday, May 22, 2012
11:15 AM - 12:00 PM