Ms. Perles brings a wealth of relevant experience to her new role, having served in high-level management roles for both the private and non-profit sectors, and founded and directed a successful volunteer-based youth speed skating program in California.
“Sue has the management skills to guide Girl Scouts to a new level of youth leadership development in Alaska,” said Girl Scouts of Alaska board chair Jane Angvik. “She has a great deal of experience leading teams of people to achieve goals, challenging all participants to stretch their expectations and results.”
“Girl Scouts of Alaska is building an exciting future for the state of Alaska by investing in many of our most promising young leaders," said Perles. "I am excited to be a part of this organization that understands the valuable contribution of girls and women to our society and supports them to achieve their greatest potential.”
Ms. Perles lived in Fairbanks as a teenager, received a degree in economics from Princeton University, earned an MBA from Harvard, and was the first female Rhodes Scholar from Alaska, earning her doctorate from Oxford University in economics.
During summer breaks she served as an intern for Congressman Don Young, was a member of the Bureau of Land Management's first women's forest fighting crew, and worked at the University of Alaska's Institute of Social and Economic Research developing tools to assist with the implementation of the Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act.
Since 1983, Ms. Perles has worked in the private sector managing corporate mergers, acquisitions, and valuations of consumer products and retail companies. She has been a partner in her own firm since 1990 and has participated in the start-up of several businesses.
She has also been very involved in youth programs, having founded, raised funds for and managed volunteers for the Southern California Children’s Speed Skating School, an after-school program giving local children from diverse backgrounds the opportunity to learn an Olympic sport. Ms. Perles was a national ranked speed skater and has been a volunteer coach and referee.
“The members of the board of Girl Scouts of Alaska consider Sue Perles to be an inspiring leader, excellent communicator and superb manager," added Jane Angvik. "She is very able to oversee the human and financial assets of Girl Scouts, to expand community investment in Girl Scout programs. Sue wants to use her talents to champion opportunities for girls and to give back to Alaska. We welcome her to Girl Scouts of Alaska.”