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Sheri Ranis

Sheri is the new Executive Director for College Access Now, one of SVP’s Investees. She was an early pioneer in the college access and success field.  With more than 20 years of experience in education, the nonprofit sector and national philanthropy, Sheri brings tremendous knowledge and expertise to her new role. Her lifetime of work has been focused on promoting educational innovation and equity, including her most recent role as Strategy Director at the Indianapolis-based Lumina Foundation. Her tenure begins at an exciting time for College Access Now as we embark on an ambitious plan to expand our services to more than 2,500 students annually throughout Seattle and South King County.

Prior to her role at Lumina, Sheri was a Senior Program Officer on the Education Initiative/US Programs team at the Gates Foundation and was a Program Director for the Higher Education and Education Research Programs at the Social Science Research Council. She also has worked as a consultant and advisor to nonprofit organizations and research organizations, as well as served on many nonprofit boards of directors. Sheri earned her B.A. at Smith College, completed a Master’s Degree in International Affairs at Columbia University, and was awarded a Ph.D. in Education from Teachers College and the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences at Columbia University.

While Sheri’s work took her across the country for many years, she couldn’t wait to return to the Seattle community she calls home and be closer to her daughter who is currently studying at Western Washington University. Sheri relishes the natural beauty of the Pacific Northwest, enjoys cooking, loves to garden and is honing her knitting and spinning skills.

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