Cheryl is deputy director of IREX's Leadership Practice and chief of party for the Mandela Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders.
As deputy director of the Leadership Practice, Cheryl mainly provides strategic guidance and direction towards new business, product development, and new programmatic initiatives. She currently oversees and has overall responsibility for the Impact Fellowships Summit, an annual event IREX convenes to bring leadership development and fellowship practitioners together to share best practices, learn, and network. Previously at IREX, Cheryl was the chief of party providing overall strategic guidance and oversight for a USAID-funded Mandela Washington Fellowship follow-on program which supported young African leaders to increase their leadership and technical skills. Cheryl also managed aspects of several media development projects at IREX implemented in the Balkans from 1998 to 2000.
Cheryl is a seasoned development practitioner and unabashed peace idealist with experience managing programs focused on professional capacity development, leadership development, conflict resolution, youth, gender, community development, democracy building, and public health. Prior to returning to IREX, she worked for the US Department of State managing grants to community-based organizations in South Africa, and as chief of party for a USAID-funded women and youth leadership program in the Balkans. As a consultant to international organizations, Cheryl has conducted participatory program evaluations, research and analysis, professional editing, and program needs assessments and proposal development. She is also skilled at curriculum development and facilitation in an experiential learning environment.
Cheryl completed a BA in international affairs at the University of Mary Washington and an MA in peace, development, and conflict resolution from Universitat Jaume I.