Since the 1980’s Lavonia has combined her media experience with a passion for politics. Lavonia’s broadcast journalist career was launched at WTVS, Channel 56 and WCAR radio in Detroit. She went to anchor the news for the Mutual Black Network in Washington DC. Later she was hired as the executive director of America’s Black Forum when the ABF received an Emmy for its Reverend Jesse Jackson special. Following ABF she spent several years at Howard University’s WHUR radio and WHUT TV. Presently, she is the host the number one Detroit drive time daily news program and is a political commentator for Detroit ABC affiliate WXYZ, Channel 7.
In addition, Perryman has served as a political and communications specialist for the National Black America Saves where she managed the public relations and public affairs operations, and served as faith-based director for Michigan Governor Jennifer Granholm during her re-election campaign. Lavonia was appointed to the position of statewide women’s coordinator for the Hillary Clinton 2016 presidential campaign. Before, she served as the Executive Director of the Democratic Detroit Coordinated Campaign 2010 and 2012. In 2004 during the John Kerry for presidential campaign, Lavonia served as the Communications Director for Michigan’s America Coming Together where she managed a state-wide media team. Her communications strategic campaigns for political clients has helped pass more than forty pieces of legislation.
Lavonia is regularly called upon for her insight and opinion on local and national political and media issues. She is a lecturer at Marygrove College and has presented at Howard University, Norfolk State University, and Bennett College, Hampton University as well as the Democratic National Committee.
Since 1990 Lavonia has held elected offices which include the position of District of Columbia Cable Commissioner and Michigan Precinct Delegate.
Lavonia’s unique combination of politics, journalism has given her the opportunity to play a significant and productive role as the deputy communications director for the Democratic National Convention and press secretary in the President Clinton Presidential Transition office. In addition, Lavonia served as press secretary for Congressman Walter Fauntroy (D-DC) and for several years has managed media relations for Reverend Jesse Jackson and the Rainbow Coalition.
She says it has been honored to work with President Barack Obama, Oscar winner Denzel Washington, the late Dr. Dorothy I. Height, president, National Council of Negro Women, R&B Grammy nominee recording artist Kenny Lattimore, South African President Nelson Mandela, Doug Williams, the first African American Super Bowl quarterback.
Lavonia is the recipient of several awards, including the Detroit’s “Spirit of Detroit” Citizens Award, Detroit’s Women in Radio and Television “Media Woman of the Year”, Ms. Black America, Ms. Black Michigan, Ms. Black Congeniality, and Ms. Soul of Detroit plus Who’s Who’s in Media.
In addition, she was awarded the National Rainbow PUSH Coalition Citizen Award, the Cancer Society Citizen Award, District of Columbia Best Dressed Award four years straight, Dollars and Sense Business Women of the Year, Savannah, Georgia Technical School Citizen Award, District of Columbia Who’s Who’s Black Business Network, George Fraser Success Guide Top Achiever Award, and the National Association of Public Relations “Outstanding Minority PR” award.
Perryman is a founding member and national board member of The FuturePAC and a charter member of the DC Black Public Relations Society. She is the former chair of the Michigan Democratic Party Black Caucus. In addition, Lavonia is presently president of the National Black Women’s Political Congress and a former president and founding member of the Coalition of 100 Black Women District of Columbia Chapter.
Lavonia also hold some “firsts” in Michigan. She is the founder of the first basketball camp for girls in Detroit and was the first African American female to cover national sports events in Detroit. In fact, she covered the National Basketball Association (NBA) Detroit and Boston playoffs for NBC radio all news… known as WCAR radio.
Lavonia is a graduate of Wayne State University and Central Michigan University where she received a master’s degree in education. She attended Howard University graduate communications school and she is presently pursuing a Ph.D.
She is the proud guardian of Shawnda and Virginia now adults. She enjoys reading, piano, all sports and traveling.