Sherry brings 20 years of experience in helping public, nonprofit and philanthropic organizations transform outcomes. A founding partner at UPD, Sherry oversees the company’s strategy around equity-centered strategic planning, performance management, and professional learning. Sherry has worked with great leaders and managers in strategic visioning, transforming ideas into action, and building organizational capacity to lead complex change initiatives effectively and sustainably.
While she has supported a wide range of organizations including school districts, state education agencies, local government agencies, nonprofit and philanthropic entities over the past 15 years at UPD, Sherry’s focus and passion has been on addressing the systemic racial, social and economic disparities that exist in our public and private institutions that drive inequitable outcomes in our communities.
She’s had the privilege of working with leaders on equity-based improvement initiatives in school districts across the country, including: the School District of Palm Beach County, Charlotte Mecklenburg Schools, Miami-Dade Public Schools, Hartford Public Schools, and the District of Columbia Public Schools, as well as state level initiatives in Florida, Delaware, Rhode Island, North Carolina, and Hawaii. She’s led multiple organizational assessment, strategic planning projects with public and nonprofit agencies that incorporated strategies for meaningful stakeholder input and engagement, resulting in strategies, plans and actions more equitably aligned with the needs of the community being served.
Prior to joining UPD, she served as Director of Special Projects for the Chief Executive Officer of the Baltimore City Public School System, where she led the implementation of several management reform initiatives to improve performance and accountability.
Sherry holds a B.A. in American Studies and a Master’s Degree in Public Administration from Cornell University.