Cheryl Pruce is a Senior Program Officer with Charles and Lynn Schusterman Family Philanthropies, supporting the growth of the Gender and Reproductive Equity grantmaking portfolio and building relationships with organizations advancing the political, economic and reproductive power of women and gender non-conforming people. 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 and social action. 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. 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 and mentoring low-income young people.
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.