CEO, Nurtury, Inc.
With over 30 years of education and human services leadership experience across the nonprofit, philanthropic, and public sectors, Laura Perille has focused her career on helping mission-driven institutions expand educational and life opportunities for vulnerable children and families in Greater Boston.
In December 2019, Perille was appointed as the new CEO of Nurtury, Greater Boston’s trusted provider of early education and care for over 140 years. The $20M nonprofit organization operates six center-based early education centers serving infants, toddlers, and preschoolers in the Boston neighborhoods of Roxbury, Mission Hill, Dorchester, Jamaica Plain, and in Cambridge. It also supports a network of 130 family child care providers across Boston, Chelsea, Everett, Revere, Somerville, Milton, and Dedham. Together, Nurtury serves more than 1,200 children and families annually.
Most recently, Perille served as Interim Superintendent of the Boston Public Schools (BPS) from July 2018 through June 2019, stewarding the $1.3 billion public agency with nearly 10,000 employees serving 55,000 students through a significant leadership transition. A longtime school improvement advocate, Perille previously served as President and CEO of EdVestors, a Boston-based education nonprofit that combines strategic philanthropy, education expertise, and implementation support to help schools create the conditions for improvement. From its launch in 2002 through 2018 under her leadership, EdVestors partnered with donors and educators to raise and invest over $29 million in school improvement efforts, including shepherding BPS Arts Expansion, a decade-long successful effort to expand equitable access to quality arts education impacting 17,000 additional BPS students.
Prior to EdVestors, she led Perille Consulting Group, working with local schools, foundations, and community-based organizations in early childhood education, elementary education, and youth programs. Previously she served as Director of Education for Crittenton Hastings House (now part of EMPath), where she oversaw early childhood programs, alternative education, and job training; and Director of Programs for the Greater Boston Food Bank, where she began her nonprofit career.
As part of her civic and professional leadership, Perille has served on numerous boards and committees, including the Boston Creates Leadership Council, the External Advisory Committee on School Choice & Student Assignment, and the state’s DESE School & District Accountability & Assistance Advisory Council (AAAC). She is a member of the Board of Directors of the Greater Boston Food Bank. In 2016, Perille was presented with the national Arts Education Award from Americans for the Arts (AFTA) and was named to the Wales Education Commission and as an Honorary Professor of Practice at the University of Wales-Trinity Saint David. A graduate of Brown University, Perille and her family live in Boston, where her children attended and graduated from the Boston Public Schools.