Chief Financial & Administrative Officer
Astrid D. Vermeer, MBA is the Chief Financial and Administrative Officer (CFAO) of Perkins School for the Blind. Ms. Vermeer brings over 20 years of operational leadership experience in international development. Reporting to the CEO, she is responsible for the organization, direction, and management of all administrative and business services. On a day-to-day basis, her responsibilities include oversight of Finance, Accounting, Investments, Audit, Board Relations, Facilities & Security, Food Services, Information Technology, and Legal. With a team of six direct reports, she has responsibility for a team of over 100 professionals.
Prior to joining Perkins, Ms. Vermeer served as Chief Financial Officer for World Education Services (WES), an EdTech social enterprise based in NY where she was responsible for global accounting operations (USA and CA), FP&A, M&A, Legal, Risk Management, Treasury, and Investments. Prior to that she served for three and a half years as Chief Financial Officer with the International Foundation for Electoral Systems (IFES) where she was responsible for Finance, Accounting, Payroll, Contracts and Grants, and Information Technology. From 2015 to 2017, Ms. Vermeer served as the Chief Financial Officer for the American Red Cross’ International line of business. Prior to the American Red Cross, Ms. Vermeer served for ten years with World Wildlife Fund (WWF) in numerous financial and operational roles in her native Suriname, Switzerland, USA and Belgium. In Belgium, Ms. Vermeer served as the Chief Operating Officer for WWF’s flagship program, the Global Climate & Energy Initiative (GCEI). Ms. Vermeer also served with Abt Associates Inc. for three years, one of which was in Angola where she led the financial operations for the Angola Indoor Residual Spraying project (Angola IRS) in 2012.
Ms. Vermeer earned her doctorandus (drs.) degree in Business Economics from the Anton de Kom University in Suriname and a Master of Business Administration in Finance and General Management from Louvain School of Management in Belgium. A citizen of Suriname, Ms. Vermeer is fluent in English and Dutch.