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Former Ohio Senate Budget Chief Joins ZHF Consulting

Brian Perera will Advise Government Affairs Clients

Ohio statehouse government affairs week in review January 2023

ZHF Consulting LLC (“ZHF”) is happy to announce that Brian Perera has joined the firm as Senior Policy Advisor. Brian’s focus will be to assist clients of ZHF’s government affairs and lobbying clients with navigating and understanding government operations and policy issues. Brian’s experience with government budget issues runs the gamut from Medicaid, primary and secondary education, higher education, corrections, economic development and tax policy.

“I am ecstatic that Brian is joining our team at ZHF. Anyone around the state capital for the past 30-plus years knows that Brian Perera is himself an institution. But, what makes Brian so special is his knowledge of Ohio’s budget and the myriad of policy issues involved with it. Adding him to the ZHF team will provide superior value to our business clients and bolster my efforts to grow ZHF into the premier Ohio government affairs firm,” said ZHF President Frank Strigari, who recently joined the firm after serving as Senate Chief Legal Counsel for many years, in addition to other state government positions.

“Everyone knows and respects Brian. He had all kinds of opportunities following his retirement from OSU, but I believe he chose to join ZHF because of our strong reputation supporting pro-business policies in an ethical and professional manner,” added Tom Zaino.

Brian most recently served as Associate VP for State Relations in the Office of Government Affairs for The Ohio State University. Prior to that role, Brian worked in the Ohio Senate for 24 years, 20 years as Finance Director.

Perera graduated from The Ohio State University in 1992 with a degree in Political Science. He lives in Upper Arlington with his wife Ellen. They have two children.

To learn more about ZHF and our government relations team, please visit our website at or call us at 614-782-1040.

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