Cherri Waters is an experienced leader, grounded in political science training and skills that enabled her to build a career in public policy, international development, international affairs, and organizational development. Currently directing her own organizational development consultancy practice, Cherri draws on extensive experience as a nonprofit manager, policy analyst, and advocate with more than thirty years of experience working with nonprofits, government agencies, and foundations to enhance their capacity and impact.
Dr. Waters previously served as Director of the International Development Concentration for the Master of Science in Foreign Service Program in Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service. She was also formerly Vice President for International Programs and Learning at Lutheran World Relief and Vice President for Public Policy and External Affairs at InterAction, the largest alliance of U.S.-based international nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) that focus on disaster relief and sustainable development. Earlier Waters directed the Office of Learning and Dissemination for the African Development Foundation and served as Senior Legislative Assistant for foreign affairs for Congressman (Judge) George Crockett Jr. (D-MI).
Cherri served on two occasions as the Director of Studies and Programs at TransAfrica Forum, the African-American think tank and lobby for Africa and the Caribbean.
She has also provided consultancy services to the Peace Corps, InterAction, the Ford Foundation, the Council on Foreign Relations, and USAID. She served as Chair of the Board of Directors for the Africa Policy Information Center (APIC) and as a Senior Advisor for the nationally recognized International Career Advancement Program (ICAP), a University of Denver Korbel School of International Studies program to increase diversity in the senior management and policy-making positions in both government and nonprofit international public service.