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Leadership

The National CASA Association is made up of remarkable individuals dedicated to child welfare. Meet the Chief Executive Officer, the Board President, and Board Members.

Board Leadership
Bill Collins, Board Chair

Board President Bill CollinsWilliam R. Collins (Bill) is a corporate partner in the New York office of international law firm Covington & Burling LLP, a firm with more than 1,100 lawyers in ten offices around the world. Covington is renowned not only for its deep commitment to clients and the depth and quality of the expertise of its lawyers, but also its tangible and enduring commitment to public service. Bill’s practice concentrates on financings, acquisitions and project development in the energy industry, including clean energy and clean tech transactions. Bill is a 1982 graduate (with honors) from the University of Virginia in Charlottesville, Virginia, and a 1985 graduate (cum laude) from Albany Law School at Union University in Albany, New York. Bill resides in New York City, where he has lived and worked for more than 30 years.

  

Staff Leadership
Tara Perry, Chief Executive Officer

Tara Perry, Chief Executive Officer

Tara Perry, Chief Executive Officer (CEO), joined the National CASA Association in 2013, first as Chief Strategy Officer and then as Deputy CEO, Chief Operating Officer and most recently, as Interim CEO. For the past 25 years, Perry has led and been at the forefront of numerous large-scale change initiatives, substantive national project rollouts, and innovative program developments. Throughout her career, she has demonstrated an extraordinary commitment to issues affecting our nation’s most disadvantaged youth.

Prior to joining National CASA Association in 2013, Perry served as Vice President of Strategy and Operations for the Woodruff Arts Center in Atlanta, Georgia, the nation’s third largest arts center. She led the development of a 25-year growth and development roadmap, as well as an enterprise-wide Arts Education Initiative that raised more than $15 million to engage diverse and underserved populations and to introduce the arts to a new generation of patrons.

Perry previously spent more than 10 years with the American Red Cross in Atlanta, Georgia, in Chicago, Illinois, and with the national organization in Washington, D.C. She developed a statewide preparedness strategy and had direct oversight over a $20 million capital campaign. Perry was also a major force in the Service Delivery for the 21st Century transformation initiative that restructured the American Red Cross and changed the way the organization approached the delivery of health, safety and preparedness operations following a major disaster. Perry also served in top positions with the Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority (MARTA), The Kroger Company and the Atlanta Braves.

Perry has been recognized for her business and community leadership with a number of honors and accolades, including being named one of Atlanta’s top 10 female executives by Business-to-Business Magazine. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Marketing and Public Relations from Clark College, and a Masters of Business Administration from Mercer University. She is a member of the International Women's Forum, a Certified Balanced Scorecard Professional and holds a Certificate in Fund Raising Management from Indiana University. She previously served an Elizabeth Dole Fellow at Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government.

 

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