Sherece West ’87
Sherece West has risen far from her youth growing up in a public housing project in inner-city Baltimore. She is the president of the Winthrop Rockefeller Foundation in Little Rock, AK, a $150 million philanthropy founded by a former Arkansas governor.
She formerly served as chief executive officer of the Louisiana Disaster Recovery Foundation in Baton Rouge, LA, created by the state in the aftermath of hurricanes Katrina and Rita to provide relief and recovery resources. She previously had been CEO of the Carrier Foundation in Lafayette, LA.
Earlier in her career, she gained broad expertise in public policy, affordable housing, and community development through jobs with the Social Security Administration, Maryland Municipal League, DC Department of Public Health, Community Service Society in New York City, Ford Foundation, and Annie E. Casey Foundation. At Casey, she spent 13 years partnering with its Rebuilding Communities Initiative grantees and consultants to help five sites advance their community-building plans. Her last activity at Casey was developing and managing the foundation's investments in youth mobilization, engagement, and leadership.
After earning her bachelor’s degree from Bowie State, West received a master’s in public policy from the University of Michigan and a PhD in public policy from the University of Maryland Baltimore County.