Introducing our new vice president of finance

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Sherry Ann Woolfolk has seen generosity play out throughout her career. As the interim director of finance and operation for the Young Women Leadership Charter School, the only female public high school in Chicago that was started with support from Oprah Winfrey and Chicago Public Schools, she saw firsthand how critical positive donor experiences—and clean financial audits—were to the mission of the school.  

“Philanthropy played a central role in the education of young women who attended that school,” she said in between moves from the Chicagoland area to the Quad Cities. Woolfolk began her role as the new vice president of finance at the Quad Cities Community Foundation at the end of May.  

Woolfolk brings to the Community Foundation deep experience in finance and accounting, having overseen budgets and audits, technology and human resources, and more over her four decades of professional accounting and consulting work. Her 11-year tenure at The Joyce Foundation, a nonpartisan private foundation supporting racial equity and economic mobility in the Great Lakes region, put her on the path toward the Community Foundation.  

“I saw there the power of philanthropy—how giving can transform entire communities and regions,” Woolfolk said. “I’m excited to be in the Quad Cities, and to work with the staff, board of directors, and donors to facilitate community philanthropy.” 

“We are thrilled to welcome Sherry Ann to our team at the Community Foundation,” added Sherry Ristau, president and CEO. “Sherry Ann is a welcome addition to our team. I am confident her experience in both the nonprofit and for-profit sectors will ensure that the Community Foundation continues to be the trusted resource for community philanthropy in the Quad Cities.”

Sherry Ann is the mother of three grown children, and grandmother to several grandchildren. She is most especially excited about being around the Mississippi River, and participating in the Quad Cities’ vibrant performing arts scene. She has a bachelor of science in business administration from Chicago State University, an MBA from Roosevelt University, and a master of science in accounting from Benedictine University.

Darlene Link, who has served as interim vice president of finance, will continue to work with the Community Foundation in the near-future to ensure a seamless transition.

Ted Stephens III