Volunteer Spotlight: Martha Perine Beard, Chairman of the United Way Board of Directors

Martha Perine Beard’s resume of community service is one of the most impressive in our region, and last month she added another important position to her accomplishments: Chairman of the Board of Directors for United Way of the Mid-South.

Martha Perine Beard

Martha Perine-Beard, Chairman of the Board of Directors for United Way of the Mid-South

Beard is Memphis Regional Executive of the Memphis Region of the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis. The Memphis region encompasses western Tennessee, northern Mississippi and eastern Arkansas. She earned her B.A. in business from Clark Atlanta University in Atlanta, GA, and a Master’s degree in economics from Washington University in St. Louis, MO.

“We are thrilled to have Martha Perine Beard serve as our new Chairman of the Board,” said Bryce Haugsdahl, United Way President. “Martha brings a wealth of knowledge and experience. She has served on many community and civic boards, and is a key volunteer for a number of nonprofit organizations in our community. She is very well connected to the business, government and labor communities. She is also the first African-American female to lead as our Chairman of the Board. We are looking forward to moving our United Way to the next level under her leadership.”

Beard has held many leadership positions with United Way through the years, most notably as Chairman of our Community Impact division and our organization’s Strategic Planning work.

“Chairing the Board of Directors is an honor because we help so many residents in the Mid-South. Volunteers and supporters know that the United Way benefits the community, not only through our member agencies, but also through the other initiatives that we lead.”

Beard is active in Memphis business and civic organizations and currently serves on the boards of Memphis Tomorrow, St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, Memphis Regional Chamber, Baptist Health Care Corporation, the Mid-South Minority Business Council and the Leadership Academy. She is a graduate of the 1998 Class of Leadership Memphis.

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