Cultural Leadership Board of Trustees has named Tamyka Perine as the organization’s new Executive Director.
Perine’s background as Director of Development and consultant, along with her passion for ensuring inclusion, diversity, equity and access in the St. Louis region, will help further the mission of the nonprofit and comes as the organization develops a plan for strategic growth in programs, development and outreach.
“I am honored to have the opportunity to lead Cultural Leadership and help grow its footprint in the St. Louis community,” said Perine. “Especially in today’s climate, our work to educate youth on social justice issues and train them on how to serve as the next generation of civic leaders and social justice changemakers is more important than ever. If we truly want to improve the community and move St. Louis away from its longstanding history of division and inequity, then this is where we have to start. It is our responsibility to teach our young people to stand up for what they believe in, speak out against oppression, and take action against injustice.”
Perine will act as the third Executive Director in the organization’s 17-year history and will be the first woman of color to assume the helm.
Prior to taking on her role as Executive Director of Cultural Leadership, Perine served as Director of Development for City Academy, a local independent school in north St. Louis City committed to removing financial and economic barriers to high-quality education. Her passion for meaningfully impacting the community led to her consulting with numerous local and national non-profits, including United Negro College Fund, Saint Louis Fashion Fund and Ferguson Youth Initiative through the business she founded, Prestige Consultants, LLC. “We are so excited to have Tamyka join us,” shared Dr. Ryia Ross-Peterson, Board Chair, Cultural Leadership. “Her enthusiasm and passion for youth and creating social change agents will really launch Cultural Leadership into a robust future!”