Robert F. Sherman Ph.D. works as a consultant to foundations and nonprofits in the areas of education reform, youth development and leadership, and civic engagement. His particular interest is in bringing isolated yet related perspectives and strategies into productive alignment for greater impact. Until March 2013 he served as Director of the Initiative for Social and Emotional Learning at the NoVo Foundation. A major focus during his tenure was the Collaborating District Initiative, which funded the planning and rollout of district-wide social and emotional learning, K-12, in eight large school districts across the United States, with an evaluation and significant strategy sharing across districts.
Prior to NoVo, Sherman served as Executive Director of the Action Center to End World Hunger, a division of Mercy Corps, where he developed the agency’s Global Citizen Corps, a youth activist and service program involving thousands of young people from 11 countries. He also founded and directed the national Effective Citizenry program at the Surdna Foundation in New York City, where he served for 15 years. Robert also worked in New York City government for eight years, including as Executive Director of the Increase the Peace Volunteer Corps, a city-wide, grassroots race relations initiative of the Mayor’s office, and as Director of the Community Relations Institute, a think tank studying neighborhood-based responses to racial tension housed at the New York City Commission on Human Rights.
Robert holds a Ph.D. in clinical psychology from the Institute of Advanced Psychological Studies at Adelphi University and a BA from Haverford College.