Corinne Grousbeck named chair of Perkins Board of Trustees

Corinne Grousbeck standing with Dave Power and Fred Clifford.

Corinne Grousbeck, the newly appointed Chair of the Perkins Board of Trustees, says she wants to help develop innovative new strategies to help people who are blind. She’s shown with Perkins CEO & President Dave Power (left) and outgoing Chair Frederic M. Clifford. Photo Credit: Brian Smith

November 4, 2014

As the parent of a Perkins student, Corinne Grousbeck never stopped working to make Perkins better.

She co-chaired the annual Perkins Possibilities Gala for nine years, served as a member of the Perkins Board of Trustees for a decade and headed the Trust Board, which raises funds for Perkins.

Now Grousbeck has an opportunity to do even more. She was named Chair of the Perkins Board of Trustees on Nov. 3.

“I’m incredibly honored that after 10 years of serving on the Board that my fellow Trustees have the confidence to elect me their next Chair,” said Grousbeck. “I’m thrilled to help Perkins develop innovative new strategies to achieve our mission.”

Grousbeck succeeds Frederic M. Clifford, who served as Chair since 2008.

“Corinne is a skilled, well-spoken advocate with a superior understanding of the challenges facing people who are blind,” Clifford said. “I have complete trust in her leadership and could not be happier leaving the responsibilities of the Chair in her hands.”

As Chair, Grousbeck will help steer Perkins’ five divisions – Perkins School for the Blind, Perkins Products, Perkins International, Perkins Library and Perkins eLearning – on a course to continued success.

Grousbeck has been an active part of the Perkins community since 1995, when her son Campbell began attending Perkins School for the Blind. He graduated in June 2014.

She was a driving force behind Perkins’ 17,000-square-foot Grousbeck Center for Students & Technology, the centerpiece of the school’s push to integrate technology into every aspect of students’ lives. Funded by a gift from the Grousbeck Family Foundation, and inspired by Campbell and his schoolmates, it opened in 2011 and features a student center, an internet radio station and a teacher training facility.

In addition to her work with Perkins, Grousbeck has supported numerous other local nonprofits, including the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum and Boston Children’s Hospital. In 2011 she was given the New England Women’s Leadership Award for Community Service for her work with Massachusetts nonprofits.

Grousbeck has a BBA from the University of Michigan. She has worked professionally as a marketer, advertising executive and brand strategist for Procter and Gamble, Saatchi & Saatchi, Gemvara, Inc. and others.

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