Martha Perine Beard

Martha Perine Beard

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Martha Perine Beard has been a member of the ALSAC/St. Jude Boards of Directors and Governors since 2002 and currently serves as Chair of the St. Jude Board of Governors. Beard has served as Vice Chair of the Board, Chair of the Audit Committee, Governance Committee and Compensation Committee, and Vice Chair of the Conflict of Interest Committee.

On June 1, 2015, Beard retired as regional executive of the Memphis Branch of the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis after a distinguished career at both the St. Louis and Memphis offices. In her most recent role, she was responsible for the oversight of the Federal Reserve’s operations in West Tennessee, East Arkansas and North Mississippi. Upon her retirement, she received resolutions of appreciation for her service at the congressional, state and local levels.

Beard graduated from Clark Atlanta University in Atlanta, Georgia, and received her master’s degree in Economics from Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri. She also completed special studies at Harvard University and Yale University.

She serves on the boards of the United Way of the Mid-South, the Assisi Foundation and the national board of directors of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated. Her civic involvement resulted in receiving honors from the Memphis Business Journal; Leadership Memphis; the United Way of the Mid-South; Girls, Incorporated; and Clark Atlanta University.

She has been profiled in The Commercial Appeal and the Memphis Business Journal.

Beard is married and is the mother of three children.