Mazur joins Blank Family Foundation from the V Foundation for Cancer Research
ATLANTA – Jan. 25, 2022 – The Arthur M. Blank Family Foundation has appointed Sherrie Mazur as managing director, foundation communications, starting Feb. 14, 2022. She joins the foundation from the V Foundation for Cancer Research, where she most recently served as the SVP of Communications and Public Affairs.
In her new role, Mazur will lead all internal and external communication initiatives for the foundation and will serve as a member of both the greater communications leadership team across the Blank Family of Businesses and the foundation’s leadership team. Mazur will report to Blank Family of Businesses EVP, Chief Brand and Communications Officer Brett Jewkes and Blank Family Foundation President Fay Twersky.
“Sherrie’s work with the V Foundation, her creative approach and her reputation as a true culture builder makes her the right fit for this critical role,” said Jewkes. “She will grow and lead a dynamic communications function that will not only support the Blank Family Foundation’s work but will also play a material role in inspiring funders, influencers and others in a position to make a difference to join the foundation in addressing some of the most pressing issues of our time.”
Mazur joined the V Foundation in 2008, where she has led several disciplines, worked with the foundation’s board, helped guide the V Foundation relationship with ESPN, established content platforms and conducted high-level media relations as the foundation’s primary spokesperson.
“This is an exciting moment at the Blank Family Foundation as we accelerate our giving and begin investing in new areas, and Sherrie will play an important role in bringing that vision to life,” said Twersky. “As a member of our leadership team, she will help us articulate and amplify the foundation’s work, elevate the impacts of our grantee funding, and further expand and enhance our influence in the philanthropic community. I’m thrilled to have Sherrie join us.”
Prior to her role at the V Foundation, Mazur held various marketing and communications roles at the International Society of Automation Research, Viking Properties and Blazer Associates after starting her career in Atlanta at Turner Broadcasting.
“I am delighted to join the talented, passionate team at The Arthur M. Blank Family Foundation,” said Mazur. “This is an incredible opportunity to lead communications for the foundation’s next phase of giving and contribute to meaningful positive change. Atlanta holds a special place in my heart; with family already there, I look forward to learning more about the city, the people and the philanthropy community.”
About The Arthur M. Blank Family Foundation
After 25 years and more than $800 million in giving, The Arthur M. Blank Family Foundation has committed to significantly accelerating the impact of its philanthropy over the next 10+ years.
The Board is embarking on a journey of deeper learning and strategy setting for its new collective areas of giving, which include: Youth Development, with a focus on workforce development and economic mobility; Democracy, with a focus on key areas of Voting Rights and Journalism; and Environment, with a focus on key areas of Conservation and Climate Resiliency. Across these portfolios, the foundation will look for opportunities to address the growing crisis of disconnection in our nation. Geographically, much of the work will continue to prioritize Georgia (with a focus on Atlanta) and Montana, while also considering the potential for greater national impact and influence.
In addition to the collective areas of giving, the foundation will continue to oversee a large portfolio of Founder-led initiatives, including investment in the transformation of Atlanta’s Westside neighborhoods, mental health and well-being, veterans and the military, and stuttering, among others. The foundation will also continue to guide the seven Associate-led giving committees operating across the Blank Family of Businesses.
Mr. Blank, chairman of the foundation, co-founded The Home Depot, the world’s largest home improvement retailer, in 1978 and retired from the company as co-chairman in 2001.
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