Sherry Lachman

Founder and Executive Director,
Foster America

Sherry Lachman is the founder and executive director of Foster America, a nonprofit that supports America’s most vulnerable children by building a pipeline of leaders and innovators to transform the child welfare system.

Lachman has devoted her career to improving government systems to help disadvantaged children and families. She previously served as a domestic policy advisor to Vice President Joe Biden, a senior policy advisor at the Department of Education, a senior education counsel to Senator Al Franken, and an attorney at the Juvenile Law Center. Since founding Foster America, she has been recognized as a fellow in the Halcyon Incubator, senior fellow at the Taubman Center at the Harvard Kennedy School, and as Draper Richards Kaplan entrepreneur.

Lachman holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Pennsylvania, a master’s degree in philosophy from the University of Cambridge, a doctorate of law from Columbia University School of Law, and a master’s degree in public policy from the Harvard Kennedy School. Her commitment to child welfare stems from her experience in foster care as a child.