Christine Sherry founded and leads Sherry Consulting, a philanthropy advising practice based in Silicon Valley. Christine is a Visiting Practitioner at the Stanford Center on Philanthropy and Civil Society. She teaches several courses through Stanford’s Continuing Studies program.
Christine is a respected and seasoned consultant, teacher, facilitator, moderator and lawyer with deep expertise in strategy development, market analysis, and organizational capacity building. Before starting her practice, Christine was the founding Director of The Philanthropy Workshop West, created in 2001 as a partnership among the William and Flora Hewlett, TOSA and Rockefeller Foundations. At TPW West, she educated a select cadre of donors who were committed to becoming more effective, strategic, and global in their philanthropy. The program included interactive executive education in philanthropy through workshops held in the San Francisco Bay Area, Washington DC and globally, in Thailand, Brazil, Mexico, Guatemala, Uganda, Rwanda, Tanzania, and India. Christine advised more than one hundred graduates of the program in the development of their philanthropic strategies.
Prior to founding TPW West, Christine was Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary of SRI International, one of the world’s largest nonprofit scientific research organizations, in Menlo Park, California. She managed the daily legal operations of SRI, served as an officer of several of SRI’s emerging companies and was a member of its ventures and licensing board. Before SRI, Christine was in private law practice with McCutchen, Doyle, Brown and Enersen and served in the leadership of the Litigation Section of the American Bar Association, where she advised and chaired national conferences on diverse issues such as media, civil justice reform, child advocacy and women’s leadership. She served as the founding Director of the Ploughshares Fund.
Christine has served on numerous nonprofit boards and currently serves as a Trustee of the San Francisco Ballet and a Trustee of the Swanson Family Foundation. She earned her law degree from the University of California, Berkeley and her bachelor’s degree from Stanford University with Highest Honors. Christine lives in Portola Valley, California with her husband. They have three grown children.