Public Policy and Advocacy Director

Pearlina “Pearl” Boyd is a native of St. Louis, Missouri. Prior to joining the Regional Health Commission (RHC), she served as the Managing Director/Mediator at Boyd Resolution Group LLC. Boyd Resolution Group is an Alternative Dispute Resolution practice specializing in various areas of Civil Law, Family Law Mediation and Conflict Resolution. Pearlina also has experience working in the areas of Nonprofit Organization Management, K-12 Education, Healthcare, Government Relations and Public Policy/Legislative Advocacy. She currently serves as the Public Policy and Advocacy Director for the RHC.

Past Work

Pearlina began her career at the Missouri State Capitol in Jefferson City as an aide to the late State Representative Betty L. Thompson. She was a law clerk in the Missouri and Louisiana Attorney General’s Offices.  She has worked for several local, state and federal level politicians during the span of her career in politics and public policy. 

Pearlina has served on numerous boards, policy committees for nonprofit organizations, and as a staffer on numerous political campaigns across the country. In addition, she managed a successful political campaign, as Campaign Manager to a candidate for Delegate to the Maryland State Legislature.  In 2008, she was Executive Director of the League of Women Voters of Missouri and St. Louis. In 2017, she served as a law clerk in the Louisiana Governor’s Office, and at the Louisiana Department of Health. 

Prior to pursuing her J.D., she served as a Public Policy Prior to pursuing her J.D., she served as a Public Policy Manager with a Washington D.C. based HIV/AIDS service nonprofit organization.  She has engaged in legislative advocacy on Capitol Hill and before the Washington D.C. local government Council.  She was also invited by Chinese healthcare industry professionals to serve as a speaker for the Topic “Building a Public Awareness Campaign for AIDS Control” for a World AIDS Day conference in Beijing, China.

Pearlina served as a staffer for former U.S. Senator and Presidential Candidate John Kerry and for former U.S. Secretary of State, Senator and former Presidential Candidate Hillary Clinton. She worked for HillPAC, Hillary Clinton’s Political Pac in Washington D.C. She later served on the Clinton 2008 Presidential Campaign as a member of Hillary Clinton’s National Women’s Leadership Council and Missouri Steering Committee.

Education and Involvement

Pearlina earned her Juris Doctorate (J.D.) in 2017 from Southern University Law Center in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.  She also holds a Master of Arts (M.A.) in Public Policy Administration, Graduate Certificate in Nonprofit Management from University of Missouri-St. Louis and a Bachelor of Science (B.S.) in Political Science/Communications from Missouri State University.

She currently serves on the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, Missouri Government Relations Advisory Committee, and the National Leadership Council for the National Small Business Association (NSBA), based in Washington D.C.  She was recently appointed to the Healthcare and Human Resources Committee for NSBA. She is also a member of the American Bar Association, American Health Lawyers Association, and the Bar Association of Metropolitan St. Louis (BAMSL).  Pearlina is a past Chair for the BAMSL Minorities in the Legal Profession Section Legislative Roundtable.

During her time in Tokyo, Japan, she was invited by Japanese legislative officials to serve as a Policy fellow for the Japanese Parliament.  While living in Washington D.C, she was also selected to serve as a volunteer in the White House, Executive Office of the President, Office of Presidential Correspondence for the 44th President of the United States, Barack Obama.

Pearlina has also been featured in several newspapers and publications, including Ebony Magazine. She is a proud member of Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Inc.  In her free time, she enjoys learning about different cultures, the arts, intellectual conversation, reading, music, singing and walks with her Toy Poodle, Sterling.

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