Corporate Vice President, Public Affairs President, AMD Foundation
Allyson Peerman is AMD’s Corporate Vice President of Public Affairs, responsible for the company’s Government Affairs, Community Affairs, and Corporate Responsibility efforts worldwide. In this role, Allyson oversees the company’s public opinion matters, issues management, charitable giving, external affiliations, education issues, and corporate responsibility leadership. As President of the AMD Foundation, Allyson provides strategy and tactical counsel for AMD’s successful games-based learning initiative, AMD Changing the Game, which inspires youth to learn critical STEM skills through the development of social issue games. She is also leading AMD’s Next Generation Engineer initiative to help enhance engineering education by bridging the gap between industry and academia and infusing the experiences of its own engineers into academia.
Allyson has more than 30 years of experience in public and community relations, including 23 years with AMD. She is an active member of the Austin community, where she currently serves as President of the Austin Area Research Organization; Board member of the Austin Leadership Forum; and member of the University of Texas College of Education Foundation Advisory Council. She is a sustaining member of the Austin Chapter of the National Charity League and was recently tapped to chair a national committee on education and gaming through the Washington-based Change the Equation initiative.
Allyson is a recipient of the Sam Walton Business Leader Award for her efforts in education, and was named a “Hero for Children” by the Texas Education Agency. She was the first recipient of the Rostow Leadership Award given by The Austin Project, and was subsequently recognized by the Lone Star Girl Scouts Council as a “Woman of Distinction.” In 2004, the Austin Business Journal named Allyson as a “Profiles in Power” winner.
Allyson graduated with honors from the University of Texas with a Public Relations degree. She and her husband Robert have lived in Austin for more than 30 years. They have two daughters—Lander, a graduate of the University of Texas, and Megan, a student at the University of Georgia.