Cheryl Sesnon

Cheryl Sesnon

Interim Executive Director

Cheryl is dedicated to assisting people to find a pathway out of hopelessness and into lives of hope and fulfillment. Life challenges in Cheryl’s own personal history created a calling to work in the nonprofit sector. She cherishes the opportunity to reach out to women to help them begin a new path in life, as people did for her when she needed it.

From 1994 to 2000, Cheryl was the Executive Director of FareStart, a food-service job training program for homeless men and women. Following FareStart, Cheryl spent seven years as a consultant and trainer for nonprofits, working locally, nationally, and internationally. Cheryl has a Masters in Nonprofit Leadership degree and has served as an adjunct professor at Seattle University. She served as the Executive Director of Washington CASH (Community Alliance for Self-Help – now called Ventures), a microfinance and micro enterprise training organization. In 2010 she became the Executive Director of Jubilee Women’s Center, an organization that provides housing, training, case management and a caring community to women moving out of homelessness and poverty. Most recently, Cheryl has joined Women’s Funding Alliance to serve as Interim Executive Director and provide strategic direction to help move WFA into its next phase of supporting women and girls.

Cheryl received the 2009 Aubrey Davis Award for Progressive Leadership. In 2010, Cheryl received the SBA (Small Business Administration) Award for “Home-Based Business Champion of the Year” Award, both for Washington State and the 4-state region. In 2012 she was recognized with the “More than Words” award from Harlequin Publishing, and in 2014 Seattle University honored her with the “Lead, Ignite Award”. In 2016, Cheryl received U.S. Senator Patty Murray’s Golden Tennis Shoe Award as well as Seattle University’s Community Service Award.

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