Author Profile

Tommy Perkins | Principal, Emergent Advisors

Current Position and Past Experience
Tommy Perkins is a consultant who works with growth-stage educational technology companies invested in improving outcomes for lifelong learners across several postsecondary sectors, including traditional degree-granting institutions and short-form credential-granting programs. His recent non-consulting experience includes four years helping Civitas Learning guide over 200 colleges and universities in the use of advanced analytics to improve student success outcomes. His passion for higher education stems from a conviction that improving economic mobility is an critical lever for healthy democracies.

After an early career as a newspaper reporter, Tommy specialized in bringing to market emerging technology solutions in predictive analytics, ecommerce, mobile technology, social commerce, content marketing and more to industry sectors including education, retail and media. His functional specialties include sales, industry alliances, marketing and management consulting.

Education, Honors and Achievements
Perkins earned an MBA in Management, Entrepreneurship and Marketing from the University of Texas at Austin’s Red McCombs School of Business in 2005. He earned a Bachelor of Journalism from the University of Georgia’s Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication in 1997. There, he was a recipient of the HOPE and Alumni scholarships.

Personal Details and Community Involvement
Tommy enjoys time with his wife, two children and dog; running, biking and hiking on Austin’s many trails; and playing guitar (and anything else with strings). He has served on the boards of several non-profits, including KOOP Community Radio and as a founding board member of MPACT Memphis, an 800-member organization that engages young professionals around social, civic and cultural matters, completing a long list of volunteer projects, events and campaigns among young professionals in Memphis. As befits his years in the South and Texas, Tommy has strong opinions about barbecue and tacos.

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