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Sherman Whites

Senior Education Advisor, Education
Sherman Whites

Sherman Whites, Jr., is a senior advisor in Education for the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation, where he is responsible for leading and coordinating the Kansas City Racial Equity Diversity and Inclusion Community of Practice, working on special projects, and advising the vice president of education on programming and other activities.

Prior to his role as a senior education advisor, Sherman was a director in the education department where he managed philanthropic investments related to K-12 education, including emerging portfolios focused on innovation and community ownership.

Prior to joining the Kauffman Foundation, Sherman was a program officer for the K-12 Education and Special Interest teams at the Walton Family Foundation. He was responsible for managing investments to improve education outcomes through empowering parents to choose among high-performing schools. 

Sherman began his career in philanthropy in 2011 after working with public charter schools in New Orleans as part of the Broad Foundation’s Residency in Urban Education. Prior to his career in education, Sherman acquired experience in operations and brand management from several market-leading organizations including Ford Motor Company, PepsiCo, Campbell Soup Company, and Target Corporation. He also served as an adjunct instructor at North Carolina Central University. 

Whites earned his Master of Business Administration from the Kenan-Flagler Business School at the University of North Carolina and Bachelor of Science in mechanical engineering from Florida A&M University.