Cheryl joined Pacific Foundation Services in 2016 as a program officer for Sunlight Giving and Crescent Porter Hale Foundations. Before PFS, Cheryl was a program specialist at the David and Lucile Packard Foundation in the Organizational Effectiveness and Philanthropy Program. There, she worked with grantees to develop projects to strengthen their leadership, organizations, and fields. She also managed the Philanthropy Fund and coordinated program operations. She is committed to applying philanthropic and nonprofit best practices to her work and believes building strong partnerships leads to better results.
Before returning to her native Bay Area, Cheryl spent five years living in Switzerland, where she worked for the United Nations. At the UN, she provided training and capacity building on chemicals management for countries and regions, mainly in Asia and Africa. Her other past experience includes developing environmental economic opportunities between government and the private sector in the US and Asia, and researching land and water management policy in the US and across Europe.
Cheryl has a BA in International Relations and a minor in Chinese from the University of California at Davis and a Masters of Environmental Management from Duke University. Cheryl swims with her local Masters team. In her spare time, she can be found hiking amongst the coastal redwoods or gardening with her husband and children.
Cheryl works for the following foundations: