ROBERT F. SHERMAN, PhD
Former Director of the Initiative for Social and Emotional Learning at the NoVo Foundation, Mr. Sherman is now a prominent consultant to foundations and nonprofits in areas of education reform, youth development and leadership, and civic engagement. Current and most recent clients include: Ford Foundation and the Movement Strategy Center, a consortium of six national education funders focused on education reform that includes Ford, Hewlett, Sandler, Nellie Mae, Stuart Foundations, and the National Education Support Fund. The broader list of his consulting includes: Einhorn Family Charitable Trust; Growth Philanthropy Network/Social Impact Exchange; National Afterschool Association; Public Interest Projects/Neo Philanthropy; City Year; Coro NY Leadership Center; Random Acts of Kindness Foundation, and NJ Performing Arts Center.
A major focus of his tenure at NoVo was the Collaborating District Initiative, which funded the planning and rollout of district-wide social and emotional learning, K-12, in eight large US school districts, as well as evaluation and significant strategy sharing across districts. Prior to NoVo, he was Executive Director of the Action Center to End World Hunger, a division of Mercy Corps. Here he also developed and supervised the agency’s Global Citizen Corps, a youth activist and service program involving thousands of young people from 11 countries who convene in person and online in a yearlong peer-to-peer leadership, learning and service effort focused on local action-taking on global challenges around hunger, poverty, conflict, and human rights. Earlier, he founded and directed the national Effective Citizenry program at the Surdna Foundation in New York City, where he served for 15 years. Anchored in SEL at its core, the program supported organizations that help young people participate meaningfully in shaping civic and community life. Still earlier he worked in the NYC government in senior community relations positions. He holds a Ph.D. in clinical psychology from the Institute of Advanced Psychological Studies at Adelphi University, and a BA from Haverford College.