MANAGING DIRECTOR, COMMUNICATIONS
Sherrie Mazur is a dynamic communications executive with more than 20 years of experience crafting public relations and marketing strategies that amplify not-for-profit visions, messaging, and impact. She is an accomplished storyteller, culture builder, and thought leader who pours herself into each new project and nurtures exceptional teams to drive outside-the-box results. At the heart of her professional drive is a passion for understanding her audiences and tailoring messaging that connects with them in a relevant, compelling, and effective way. An experienced lead spokesperson, her engaging communication style is based on thoughtful listening that respects and gives voice to diverse viewpoints.
As Managing Director of Communications for the Arthur M. Blank Family Foundation, Sherrie is excited to grow and lead a communications team that accelerates awareness around the foundation’s collective giving areas of youth development, democracy, mental health and well-being, and the environment. Applying a wealth of previous expertise, she will help the foundation rebrand, expand its philanthropic presence, and inspire funders and influencers to support innovative solutions to enhance their own communities. As a member of the Blank Family of Businesses greater communications team, Sherrie partners with colleagues to maximize the foundation’s reach in innovative ways.
Previously, Sherrie spent 14 rewarding years at the V Foundation, where she built its communications team from the ground up to provide invaluable support in the fight to eradicate cancer. As Senior Vice President of Communications and Public Affairs, she established the systems and processes needed to drive tremendous brand recognition and helped achieve four-fold growth in its grant-making program, all with a zero-dollar marketing budget. She additionally helped nurture the foundation’s relationship with ESPN and numerous celebrities, athletes, and coaches, and led the charge for its 15-, 20-, and 25-year anniversary milestones. A trusted strategic advisor to the foundation’s leaders and board, Sherrie diplomatically guided the foundation’s first brand refresh, creating a bold new look and feel that respects the organization’s storied legacy while positioning it for the future. She additionally helped the foundation pivot its crisis communications multiple times as the COVID-19 pandemic unfolded, reminding donors that the fight against cancer never stops.
Sherrie has been a culture leader and valued colleague in each of her workplaces. Adaptable and intentional, she has maintained strong relationships with leadership teams through multiple CEO changes – adjusting strategy to meet each new leader’s vision. Sherrie’s biggest joy comes from advocating for the success of her colleagues and teammates. She has gained invaluable experience in recruiting and identifying top talent as a member of hiring committees across multiple business lines and is an enthusiastic mentor of future leaders.
Earlier in her career, Sherrie held marketing and communications roles at the International Society of Automation as well as at consumer products and commercial leasing companies. In these early roles, she discovered the joy of turning her passion into a profession and to always be kind and respectful to everyone, regardless of their position in the organization.
Sherrie graduated magna cum laude from Middle Tennessee State University with a BBA in Marketing. Born in Iran and fluent in Farsi, she and her family moved to the US when she was in elementary school. She and husband, Joe, now have an elementary-aged daughter of their own. She has run the New York City Marathon twice and has personally helped raise significant donations for the fight against cancer.