Cheryl Pruce is a Program Officer with the Charles and Lynn Schusterman Family Foundation, supporting the development of the Gender and Reproductive Equity portfolio and working with organizations focused on advancing dimensions of a gender equity agenda. Cheryl’s focus is on building trust, listening with care, and being an authentic, reliable thought and action partner. She loves helping organizations refine their strategy, drive organizational change and use their data to tell their story.
Previously Cheryl served on the U.S. Jewish grantmaking team working with grantees that promote an inclusive Jewish community committed to service, social action and high caliber discourse on Israel. She collaborated with her teammates to develop a strategy related to advancing racial equity in the Jewish community.
Prior to joining the Schusterman team in DC, Cheryl has worked in education policy research to understand disparities in access to quality educational opportunities, and create pathways for educational advancement and upward mobility for vulnerable young people. Some of her most meaningful work has been building strong, positive relationships with school, district, and state education agency leaders to tackle complex educational equity challenges, and brainstorm solutions in a collaborative, data-driven way.
Outside of her professional sphere, Cheryl leads grassroots dialogue efforts in DC that creates space for young people to grapple with challenging social issues related to justice and freedom. She has spent most of her time in DC tutoring low-income young people in reading and writing.
Cheryl graduated with honors and distinction from Stanford University with a bachelor’s degree in Urban Studies focusing in Urban Education, and a master’s degree in Sociology. She enjoys running, fitness classes, dancing, hiking, cooking plant-based dishes, reading books on poverty and inequality, growing into her best self, and having consciousness-raising conversations with people.