President's Biography & Message

Dave Power standing in the Grousbeck Center.

Perkins President and CEO W. David Power.

Dave Power has guided growing organizations as an operating executive, board member and advisor for over 25 years.

His diverse background includes roles as CEO, general manager and marketing executive at successful growth companies, including at Sun Microsystems, RSA Security, Novera Software and Mercator Software. He also led investments in emerging technology companies at Fidelity Ventures.

Dave launched Power Strategy to help mid-sized organizations with strategy, innovation and growth. He has taught strategic management and design thinking at Harvard Extension School where he received the Joanne Fussa Distinguished Teaching Award in 2014. He is the author of “The Curve Ahead: Discovering the Path to Unlimited Growth,” and has spoken to international business audiences on innovation and growth.

Perkins’ mission and story is close to his heart. His son David, who is deafblind, graduated from Perkins in 2009. Dave has served on Perkins’ Board of Trustees since 2003 and was instrumental in developing Perkins’ eLearning initiative, offering cutting-edge resources and teaching strategies to educators around the globe. Today, as President and CEO, Dave oversees the five divisions of Perkins: Perkins School for the Blind, Perkins Solutions, Perkins Library, Perkins International and Perkins eLearning.

Dave received BSCE and MS degrees from Tufts University, and an MBA from Stanford Business School where he was an Arjay Miller Scholar.

Message from W. David Power

At Perkins, we’re searching for new ways to make the world a better place for people who are blind and deafblind.

More than 4.5 million children around the world are not in school, simply because they are blind. In the United States, 75 percent of people who are blind are unemployed. We want to change this status quo by preparing students through academics and vocational training, by training educators, and by sharing our know-how with organizations that serve the blind community around the globe. This is the shared mission of our five divisions: Perkins School for the Blind, Perkins Solutions, Perkins Library, Perkins International and Perkins eLearning.

We are currently focused on three important initiatives: transition to adult living, literacy through braille, and innovation.

Our educational goal is to prepare students for a successful transition to life beyond the classroom. From independent living skills to vocational readiness, transition to adult living is a part of everything we do at our School, and is the foundation of the educational approaches we share with educators, professionals and families in the 67 countries we serve. We want to help individuals who are blind to become productive and engaged citizens.

We believe literacy through braille is a critical life skill – even in a world of audio books, voice recognition and other communication technologies. Among blind adults who are employed, 85 percent rely on braille. Unfortunately, only 10 percent of today’s students who are blind learn braille. We want to make braille easier to teach and learn, and to make literacy through braille a priority among schools and parents.

Innovation is key to our success – from assistive technology to online education to creative approaches to teaching. Our insights begin with the individuals we serve, in the classroom and around the world. By taking a fresh, human-centered approach to the challenges of the blind community, and by adopting new technologies, we want to offer better products and services and reach a larger population.

These initiatives are all part of the legacy of innovation that defines our organization. Perkins has served as a catalyst for change and progress since our founding 185 years ago. I invite you to visit Perkins and learn more about what we’re doing. Join us as we unleash the power of possibility, here and around the world.

Dave Power
President and CEO
Perkins School for the Blind