Sherry Consulting hires a rotating team of researchers for major client initiatives whose background and expertise is tailored to the specific projects.


Lauren Maher Patrick, Research ASsociate

Lauren Maher Patrick brings twenty years of experience in global development research, grantmaking and program management to the team. Lauren’s background includes working as a Program Officer for Northern California Grantmakers (NCG) in San Francisco, CA where she managed the collaborative philanthropy of over 30 private, community and corporate foundations, including two nonprofit loan funds. Prior to NCG, Lauren was Senior Program Officer at the Firelight Foundation in Santa Cruz, CA managing annual grants totaling over $800,000 to more than 100 community-based organizations supporting children, youth, and families affected by HIV/AIDS and poverty in Rwanda, South Africa, and Zimbabwe. Grants supported health, education, microfinance, food security, clean water, and disability issues.

Before Firelight, Lauren worked for the Rockefeller Foundation in NY for eight years, first supporting the Population Sciences $2.7 million grantmaking portfolio funding research to improve adolescent reproductive health services in sub-Saharan Africa and Southeast Asia. Lauren then served for six years as coordinator for the Philanthropy Workshop, a program for donors committed to developing effective, strategic, and global philanthropy. Lauren also served on the Rockefeller Foundation’s Working Group on Women and Development for which she conducted research and interviews to identify potential program strategies including safe places, relationships, and choices for women and girls. Lauren’s focus on global health, in particular HIV/AIDS, reproductive health and safe drinking water, has brought her to Africa as a lead on a dozen field trips, particularly to the countries of Burkina Faso, Ghana, Mali, Kenya, Tanzania, Rwanda, Uganda, and South Africa. Lauren earned a Masters in Public Health from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and her capstone project focused on recommendations for funders of safe drinking water in Africa.

Eleanor Wright, Research Associate

Eleanor graduated from Princeton University with high honors in Near Eastern Studies.  She joined Sherry Consulting in 2014 and has supported Christine on a range of client projects dealing with impact assessment, leadership development, social entrepreneurship, global health, conservation, youth services, and the arts.  During college, Eleanor worked directly with several nonprofits, including education and youth services groups in New Jersey, a community theater, and a research library in Massachusetts.  She also volunteered on organic farms in Pennsylvania and Maryland, visited Oklahoma for a project examining female incarceration, and spent two summers in Istanbul studying Turkish and translating Turkish authors. Eleanor is a seasoned researcher whose undergraduate independent work explored Israeli peace movements, literature and cultural identity in contemporary Turkey, and the evolving role of American bookstores.  She holds a certificate in creative writing (poetry) from Princeton’s Lewis Center for the Arts.

Agnes Cho, Research Associate


Agnes has experience working in global development research and program management in 7 countries.  She was most recently based in Managua, Nicaragua, as a Program Associate for Global Partnerships, an impact led investor with operations in Latin America and East Africa.  She conducted market, impact and pipeline research to support debt investments in the rural finance, health and green energy sectors.  She also managed a $2 million grant and provided strategy recommendations to scale four sustainable health programs delivering primary care and medicines to 500,000+ people in Guatemala, Ecuador, Honduras and Nicaragua.  Prior to Global Partnerships, Agnes spearheaded field research to improve the product design and marketing strategy for a cookstove social enterprise in Tamil Nadu, India.  She has also worked as a teacher’s assistant in a charter school in Richmond, CA and managed green tech and youth education programs for a Peruvian NGO.  Agnes earned a BA from Princeton University with High Honors in Anthropology and Latin American Studies.

Julia Barrero, Research Associate


Julia brings her background in research and marketing to the team at Sherry Consulting. While studying History at Stanford, she investigated environmental issues involving water rights, endangered species, and land trusts. After graduating in 2014, Julia jumped into the startup world as an early marketing hire for various technology companies. Through hands-on experience, she has developed a wide array of marketing skills, from go-to-market plans, to product positioning, analytics, and content marketing strategies. Most recently, Julia spent 3 months in Guatemala working for a microfinance and community development NGO. She visited clients throughout rural areas of Guatemala, conducting interviews and creating case studies highlighting the impacts of microloans among women. She is passionate about the intersections among people, their economic opportunities, and the environment, and how to use qualitative and quantitative research to design holistic solutions to complex problems.

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