Nancy Bellows Perez '76

Executive Director Nancy Bellows Perez ’76 to retire

In February, Executive Director Nancy Bellows Perez ’76 announced her retirement from the Alumnae Association, effective June 30, 2020.

Nancy first joined the Alumnae Association as interim executive director in January 2016. In November 2017, after an extensive national search, she was named executive director. During her tenure she led a period of significant transformation of the Alumnae Association with a focus on collaborating with the College around a shared mission.

Of the impact of Nancy’s work, Alumnae Association President Maria Z. Mossaides ’73, wrote, “The entire alumnae and College community thanks Nancy for stepping in to lead the Alumnae Association during this period of transformation. Nancy filled a leadership void during the critical period when the Alumnae Association was implementing a new framework for its partnership with the College. She brought years of managerial experience as well as an alumna’s unique loyalty to the job. Nancy has worked to build strong working relationships across campus and served as part of the College’s officers group. When I took on the role of Alumnae Association president in 2018, I don’t know what I would have done without Nancy’s support.”

Prior to stepping into the executive director role, Nancy was a member of the Alumnae Association’s board as a director at large, working to facilitate the Plan for 2020 for the Alumnae Association.

Nancy spent her first career at the IBM Corporation, where she retired as an executive with a focus on driving global strategy and transformation. Of her work at the Alumnae Association, Nancy said, “My time and experiences at Mount Holyoke have bookended my professional career, launching me on my way in 1976, and now, in 2020, helping me close out a long and wonderful career in the most fulfilling way possible. I couldn’t feel more blessed and will continue to volunteer and support the College and the Alumnae Association, hopefully for years and years to come.”

A search for the next executive director will be conducted in the future and led by Danetta Beaushaw ’88, chair of the Alumnae Association’s nominating committee. Anyone interested in understanding more about this role may email Danetta directly.

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