Laurene Sperling T'78

Laurene Sperling is Managing Trustee of the Sperling Family Charitable Foundation where she directs its strategic philanthropy in several program areas including education,  very early childhood, leadership development, health care, and poverty alleviation. A former Corporate Finance professional with Paine Webber and Cowen, she has more than thirty-five years of experience with capital aggregation for corporate and non-profit organizations seeking positive growth and impact.

Ms. Sperling graduated from Duke in 1978 with a degree in management science and accounting, and after two years as a CPA with Ernst and Young, she went on to Harvard Business School to receive her MBA in 1982. 

She is former chair of BellXcel, a national leader in after-school and summer programs for children at risk and founder of SCRI, their research and innovation initiative to elevate the quality and impact of youth development organizations . In addition, she serves on the Board of CJP, the largest nonprofit organization in Massachusetts where she chairs the Commission on Strategic Priorities and serves on the Governance Committee, and on the board of Social Finance US ,where she chairs the Partnership and Resource Development Committee. She is also a member of the Board of Dean's Advisors for Harvard Business School, the Harvard Business School Social Enterprise Board, the Deans Advisory Board for Harvard's Graduate School of Education, and the Corporation of Partners HealthCare, the largest private employer in Massachusetts. Laurene serves on the AGB Council of Board Chairs and is a member of the AGB Principles Project national task force.

Ms. Sperling and husband Scott Sperling live in Wayland, Massachusetts. They have four children including Zachary Adam Sperling T`13 and Melanie Elizabeth Sperling T`14.

Elected to the Board of Trustees in 2010, Ms. Sperling currently serves as vice chair of the Board and vice chair of the Executive Committee.

A member of the Duke University Library Advisory Board from 1997 until 2010, she served as Chair from 2006 through 2010. She is also an inaugural member of Duke’s Women’s Impact Network Leadership Council.

August 2020