Laurie Sherman has been named Executive Vice President of Thompson Island Outward Bound Education Center, which provides transformative educational opportunities to 6,500 youth each year. In this newly created position, Sherman will focus on aligning the organization’s non-profit and commercial operations, and strengthening philanthropic, business and community relationships.
“Laurie has dedicated her career to creating equity and opportunity for youth,” said Arthur Pearson, Thompson Island’s President and CEO. “She brings an incredible degree of passion, experience and expertise to our mission, so she will be invaluable in helping us make an even bigger impact in the lives of Boston’s young people in the years ahead.”
Sherman comes to her new role after three decades in the non-profit and public sectors leading enterprises that improve the trajectory of children and families facing long odds. Most recently, she served the late Mayor Tom Menino as policy advisor and senior project manager for Education, Health, and Human Services. During her decade and a half in City Hall, she created, marketed and raised funds for several nationally recognized education and youth development initiatives, including Thrive in 5, Boston’s universal school readiness initiative. Earlier in her career, she was director of a multi-cultural public health coalition and created education programs for the AIDS Action Committee.
The mother of three Boston Public School students, Sherman designs and teaches a public speaking curriculum for students, ages 10 to 14. She has served on the boards of Children’s Hospital, Playworks Massachusetts, the YMCA and Temple Israel. In 2005 Sherman was honored as one of the Boston Globe’s “Six in the City” professionals improving the quality of life in Boston.
Sherman received a bachelor’s degree from Brown University and a master’s degree in management from the Heller School at Brandeis University. A life-long athlete, she will be right at home with Thompson Island’s community of active outdoor learners. She lives in the Jamaica Plain/Roslindale neighborhood of Boston.