Our CEO, Michael Perusco
Michael has had extensive experience working in senior leadership roles over the past 16 years. Prior to Berry Street, he was CEO of a number of organisations in the housing and homelessness sector: Unison (2015-2018), St Vincent de Paul Society (NSW) (2012-2015), and Sacred Heart Mission (2002-2011). Michael also worked at the Department of Prime Minister & Cabinet leading the social inclusion agenda, not for profit reform agenda and other social policy areas. He also has experience in the commercial sector, including KPMG and Arthur Andersen.
Michael’s career to date in the community sector has largely focussed on working with people who are chronically homeless. Through this work, he has seen the devastating impact a traumatic and dysfunctional childhood can have on people’s lives. Michael feels his role at Berry Street will allow him to focus his skills and experience on those crucial early years and assist vulnerable children and young people to live life to their full potential.
Michael is currently a member of the Victorian Government’s Roadmap for Reform Ministerial Advisory Group and the Aboriginal Children’s Forum and is on the Board of the Federal Government’s Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW). He has also been Chairperson of the Council to Homeless Persons (CHP) and Australians for Affordable Housing, and a member of the NSW Premiers Council on Homelessness and the Board of the NSW Council of Social Services.
In recognition of Michael’s commitment and determination to address homelessness in Victoria, he was a finalist in the 2010 Victorian Australian of the Year awards.
Berry Street has a long and proud history of working with Victoria’s most vulnerable children, young people and families. Michael is very much looking forward to leading the organisation in the next phase of its journey, and to working with a caring and committed team of staff, carers, volunteers and supporters.