Sherri Shaner, Chief Advancement Officer at FLY, has over two decades of expertise in fundraising and resource development, coupled with extensive management and team-building experience across both non-profit and for-profit realms. The majority of her professional journey has been devoted to youth-serving organizations, focusing on empowering middle school children, transition-age foster youth, and girls from under-resourced communities, providing them with opportunities to thrive and succeed.
Sherri began her career in the staffing industry during the tech boom, where she played pivotal roles as a recruiter, sales manager, and operations executive, contributing to the formation of employee teams. Motivated by a desire to give back and build community, she transitioned her career into the non-profit sector, initially serving as the Chief Development Officer at an organization dedicated to assisting people with disabilities in finding competitive employment. She continued her development career by focusing on youth organizations.
Sherri‘s impact extends beyond borders, as she has worked with organizations nationally and internationally (Canada) as a Coach to implement the Benevon model of fundraising, enhancing individual donor programs for organizations of all sizes. Actively engaged in the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP), Sherri served as the Silicon Valley Chapter President in 2018.
A California native, Sherri earned her Bachelor’s degree in Applied Behavioral Sciences from UC Davis, showcasing her commitment to understanding and applying behavioral principles to drive positive change. She is also a Certified Fundraising Executive (CFRE), earned in 2021, underscoring her adherence to and understanding of best practices for ethical and effective fundraising.
Beyond her professional pursuits, Sherri is passionate about maintaining an active lifestyle, often found outdoors engaging in various activities. Additionally, she harbors a love for a good bargain and can be spotted treasure hunting in stores and flea markets.