ABOUT SHERRY

Background

Before launching my consulting practice in 2015, I worked at Career Ladders Project (CLP) in Oakland, providing technical assistance to community colleges and other educational and workforce partners across California, leading professional development trainings for teams, and facilitating partnerships between institutions. Prior to this statewide work, I was the Director of Academics at Year Up Bay Area, supporting a team of instructors who deliver “high expectations, high support” services to young adults seeking post-secondary education and training in the IT field.

I love teaching and have taught writing and reading classes at San Francisco State University (SFSU) for many years. Other courses I’ve taught include Business Communications and a history course, “Health and Social Movements in the United States in the 20th Century.” I am also a Certified Facilitator with the University of California Curriculum Integration (UCCI) and have supported many teams in cross-discipline course design.

I love telling stories, hearing stories, and helping people craft great stories. I have told stories live on-stage at The Moth in both San Francisco and Berkeley. I am passionate about visual and performing art and am an amateur printmaker.

I currently work as a part-time Project Manager for Farming Hope, drafting and editing grant proposals and managing the hiring process for new staff. 

Approach

The foundation of my practice is built upon many years in education –teaching as well as training faculty – and my experiences in the non-profit sector. As a writing instructor turned facilitator, I believe in taking time to plan and to revise but am willing (and usually excited) to stray from a path if the process leads a different way. My workshops, retreats, and trainings are designed for active participation and active learning: I design dynamic sessions, mixing visual learning with small group work and hands-on activities. Because working with other humans can be complicated and life can be hard, I strive to create community wherever I am and bring laughter to most events.

Community Work and Other Activities

Education

Recent Professional Development

San Francisco State University

Master of Arts, English, Concentration in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages

--Certificate in the Teaching of Composition

--Certificate in Teaching Post-Secondary Reading

Washington University

Bachelor of Arts, English Literature / Minor in Women’s Studies

Visual Facilitation Bootcamp (Lane Change Consulting), 2017

 

Certified Facilitator Certification (University of California Curriculum Integration), 2016

 

Facilitative Leadership for Social Change Workshop (Interaction Institute for Social Change), 2014

 

Predictive Index Analyst Training and Certification (The Predictive Index), 2011

To learn more about my work, visit my LinkedIn profile and and the Clients and Work page on this site.

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