Director of Strategic Partnerships
Sheri Shuster is an Iranian-American documentary filmmaker and seasoned fundraising professional dedicated to advancing intersectional conversations about gender, racism, ableism and power. An L.A. native, her commitment to human rights drew her into the world of public policy, development and storytelling. For over fifteen years she worked with nonprofits and elected officials, including former U.S. Congressman Tom Lantos, and The Center for Women and Democracy. From 2008-2012 Sheri served as Associate Director of Covenant House California (CHC) advocating for homeless, systems involved and sex trafficked youth. The extraordinary youth at CHC in Oakland inspired her documentary directorial debut, Still I Rise. Sheri’s work has been featured at UC Berkeley, The African American Policy Forum with Professor Kimberle Crenshaw, Parlay House and The National Underground Railroad Freedom Center. Still I Rise has been supported by the Berkeley Film Foundation, Jamel Perkins, the Harnisch Foundation, and Congresswoman Barbara Lee. Sheri is an alumnus of UCLA and the Evans School of Public Policy and Governance at the University of Washington.