Martha L. Perine Beard is Senior Branch Executive of the Memphis Region of the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis. A native of Mobile, Alabama, Mrs. Beard holds a B.A. in business from Clark Atlanta University in Atlanta, Georgia, and a Master's degree in economics from Washington University in St. Louis.
Mrs. Beard joined the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis as a management trainee and has served in a number of management and official positions. Effective February 1, 1997, Mrs. Beard was transferred to Memphis to assume responsibility for the Memphis Region. The Memphis region encompasses western Tennessee, northern Mississippi and eastern Arkansas.
Mrs. Beard is active in Memphis business and civic organizations and currently serves on the boards of Memphis Tomorrow, St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, Memphis Regional Chamber, United Way of the Mid-South, Baptist College of Health Sciences, the Mid South Minority Business Council and the Better Business Bureau of the Mid-South, She is a graduate of the 1998 Class of Leadership Memphis.
Mrs. Beard has been profiled in the Commercial Appeal, Memphis Business Journal, Grace Magazine, Memphis Woman Magazine, Southern Woman Magazine and Memphis’ Crossroads Magazine. Her most recent awards include being the recipient of the 2004 Alumnus of the Year award from Leadership Memphis, and the 2005 Corporate Woman of Excellence Award from Grace Magazine. Mrs. Beard is married to Savoyd Beard and is the mother of three children: David Perine, Sr., Alissa Perine and Alison Perine.