Anne Perusek is SWE’s director of editorial and publications. She is SWE’s longest employee, having worked for the Society as a freelance editor and writer prior to joining the staff full time in late 1998.
She has extensive experience directing and executing editorial mission and strategy in both print and digital, having worked in association, business press, newspaper, and academic publishing environments. Anne is responsible for all operations in creating and producing the print and digital award-winning magazine—SWE Magazine—and other communications, including blogs and podcasts related to magazine content, special issues, and projects.
Who is your role model and why?
I have had many role models in different areas of life, but on the most fundamental level it is my mom, followed by two of my aunts who were both librarians. Thanks to them, I grew up with a love of reading and an appreciation for books and learning.
Where are you from/where were you raised?
I grew up in Lorain, Ohio, which is on the shore of Lake Erie, about 35 miles west of Cleveland. Probably the most famous person from my hometown is Nobel prize-winning author Toni Morrison.
What is your favorite place in the world?
There are so many wonderful places in the world that it is difficult to pick just one. I enjoyed visiting New Zealand and plan to return someday. I have been to Japan three times and imagine I will visit there again, too, as well as parts of Europe.
What is the inspiration that made you get into your field?
As an avid reader, writing seemed to come naturally for me. The power of language and the creative process continually inspires me, as does learning new things. These aspects of my nature, as well as my education and desire to contribute to positive social change, led to my career in publishing.
What is your favorite thing about your job?
I love SWE’s mission and the opportunity to make a difference.