Lucienne Beard has been involved at the Alice Paul Institute since 1994, first as a volunteer and board member and later as a member of the non-profit’s first professional staff. From 2000-2007 she was API’s program director, establishing the interpretive story for public visitation at Paulsdale, Alice Paul’s home and a National Historic Landmark in Mt. Laurel, and creating the Alice Paul Leadership Program for girls. Today those programs serve students throughout southern New Jersey, using the example of successful women leaders from the past and present to teach and inspire today’s young women to pursue leadership into the future.
Beard has been the Executive Director at the Alice Paul Institute since 2012 and oversees API’s operations and strategic direction, including the maintenance of Paulsdale, adult and school programs, raising awareness of Alice Paul’s life and work, and advocacy for the Equal Rights Amendment. Beard has lectured on Alice Paul and her place in women’s history across the country.
Beard was recently named one of South Jersey Magazine’s “20 Super Women,” and “Woman of the Year” by South Jersey Family Magazines. She was spotlighted in the Philadelphia Business Journal’s “Social Capital” feature and its annual “The $1 Billion Question” feature. She has served on the board of directors for several of the region’s nonprofits. Beard earned a B.S. in International Affairs from The George Washington University and an M.A. in American History from Rutgers University. She lives a short distance from Paulsdale in Mt. Laurel.