Native Nevadan Richard Perkins spent 14 years in the Nevada Legislature, including 2 years as Democratic Floor Leader, 4 years as Majority Leader, and 6 years as Speaker of the Assembly. With a record for consensus and coalition-building, he is considered a bi-partisan leader and counts his friends in both major parties. In 2006, he chose not to seek re-election to the Legislature and focused on his law enforcement career as the Chief of the Henderson Police Department, a career he retired from after 25 years. As president of the Perkins Company, Richard oversees the quality political and strategic consulting services clients have come to expect.

Client Services Manager

Brian Evans first joined The Perkins Company in the 2013 Legislative Session as an administrative assistant. Brian brought a background of dedication, hard work and motivation that helped him grow in the legislative process. Brian returned for the 2015 Legislative Session as a lobbyist, taking on a more significant role within The Perkins Company. Brian helped with efforts on behalf of various clients ranging from issues in healthcare, education, local government, energy and gaming. Brian helped lobby on key bills that enacted laws in areas of tort reform, network adequacy, telehealth, Medicaid and insurance, HOA’s, taxes and local government control. Brian later worked for the Nevada State Medical Association developing a further understanding of healthcare issues before rejoining The Perkins Company full time as a client service manager.

Administrative Assistant

Kathryn Alden is a native of upstate New York, having spent 25 years working in the court system there, first as Executive Assistant to a Family Court Judge for ten years, and thereafter, 15 years in the Juvenile Prosecutor’s Office as a Senior Trial Assistant.

Mike Willden joins The Perkins Company following a 45 year career in Nevada State service.  Most recently, Mike served nearly five years as Chief of Staff for former Governor Brian Sandoval.  Prior to being Chief of Staff, he served for 13 years as the Director of Health and Human Services, the largest state agency, and was appointed as DHHS Director by three Governors.  Mike lead the Executive staff and cabinet through 2 regular and 2 special sessions of the Legislature and has taken part in every Legislative Session since 1981, preparing budgets and testifying on Health and Human Services issues.  Mike is a proud native Nevadan.

Director of Strategic Communications

Mari Nakashima joins The Perkins Company after most recently working as the Communications Director for Governor Brian Sandoval where she managed day-to-day media relations, worked as the primary speech writer, and established the overall messaging strategy for the Nevada’s highest elected official. She worked closely with Nevada’s multiple agencies and divisions and regularly communicated with her public information peers, department directors, and program managers to expand her knowledge of high-profile or priority projects. Fostering these relationships provided her with a unique opportunity to build a network across state government.

Policy Director

Leo Drozdoff joins The Perkins Company after previously collaborating with Richard Perkins to effectively accomplish goals for their shared clients. Drozdoff’s experience includes a public service career that spans more than 25 years including serving as the Director of Nevada’s Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR) and as Chairman of Nevada’s Public Employee Benefit Program Board (PEBP). As a public servant and as a member of the private sector, Leo has been recognized by business leaders, local government officials, NGOs and tribes as a consensus builder who consistently delivers results.