Cheryl Blanchette

Associate Senior Consultant
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“Everything you can imagine is real.” — Pablo Picasso

Having spent the better of 25 years connected to philanthropy, Cheryl Blanchette has worked for philanthropic organizations as senior staff, for nonprofits as a successful grant seeker, in corporate community affairs and in work as an independent consultant. Much of Cheryl’s work has focused on human service systems transformation.  As a seasoned independent consultant, Cheryl has led strategic planning, change management, skilled meeting facilitation and designing processes that tackle long-range planning and activation, racial and intersectional equity, systems transformation and making space for difficult dialogue towards solutions and positive outcomes.

In addition to consulting, most recently, Cheryl functioned as the Senior Director for Systems Improvement at Casey Family Programs, a nonprofit operating foundation based in Seattle, Washington, focused on improving and transforming the foster care system. At the national level, Cheryl has been an advisor to the federal Commission to Eliminate Child Abuse and Neglect Fatalities.

Fun Fact: An avid community volunteer in her personal life, Cheryl has volunteered as an adult literacy tutor and as a museum guide at the Smithsonian Museum’s National Portrait Gallery.

Relevant Experience:

  • A Second Chance, Inc.
  • Casey Family Programs
  • Culver City Unified School District
  • Georgetown University Center for Juvenile Justice Reform
  • ICF – Capacity Building Center for States
  • Montgomery County Collaboration Council
  • National CASA Association
  • National League of Cities
  • Seneca Family of Agencies
  • State of Washington – Blue Ribbon Commission on Delivery of Services for Children and Families
  • Tides Center

Education & Credentials:

  • B.A. English, California State University, Sacramento
  • J.D., University of California, Davis School of Law