Cheryl Sesnon, Women’s Funding Alliance
Cheryl is dedicated to helping people find a pathway out of hopelessness and into lives of possibility and fulfillment. Life challenges in Cheryl’s own personal history created a calling to work in the nonprofit sector. She cherishes the opportunity to guide women toward a new path in life, as people did for her when she needed it.
Cheryl has a masters degree in Nonprofit Leadership from Seattle University. Prior to coming to Jubilee, she served as the Executive Director of Washington CASH (Community Alliance for Self-Help), a micro-finance and micro-enterprise training organization. From 1994 to 2000, Cheryl acted as the Executive Director of FareStart, a job training program for homeless men and women. Cheryl then spent several years as a consultant and trainer for nonprofits and served as an adjunct professor at Seattle University before joining Jubilee in 2010.
In 2009, Cheryl received the Aubrey Davis Award for Progressive Leadership. In 2010, she received the Small Business Administration award for “Home-Based Business Champion of the Year,” both for Washington State and the four-state region. In 2012, Cheryl was recognized with the “More Than Words” award from Harlequin Publishing, a national award honoring ordinary women making extraordinary contributions to their communities. In 2014, Seattle University honored her with a “Lead, Ignite Award.” In 2016, Cheryl was awarded the Seattle University “Community Service Alumni Award” in recognition of her exceptional service and leadership in the community. Also in 2016, US Senator Patty Murray presented Cheryl with a “Golden Tennis Shoe Award” which celebrates people who have made extraordinary accomplishments in service of others.
In addition, Cheryl has served as Executive Director of Jubilee Women’s Center and on the Board of Directors for the Seattle Chapter of Les Dames d’ Escoffier and as a volunteer with Nuestros Pequeños Hermanos where she taught leadership seminars for directors of orphanages in Central America.