Sherry Ristau

President & CEO
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(563) 326-2840

Sherry's visionary leadership at the Community Foundation began in September 2014 when she was named the third president and CEO of the Community Foundation. She brought her transformational experience and is passionate about facilitating philanthropy and community development by strengthening relationships with donors and community leaders. In addition to building a solid, well-run organization with the Community Foundation Board and staff, she is committed to ensuring the Community Foundation is fully engaged with donors and steward endowed assets and legacies that challenge the status quo and grow opportunities for the Quad Cities. She is dedicated to the mission to transform the region through the generosity of donors by being present in the community to know the community’s greatest needs and most promising opportunities. Sherry and her husband Bruce are high school sweethearts from Blue Earth, Minnesota. She holds a master's degree in organizational leadership, a bachelor's degree in sociology with a minor in gerontology, and a second bachelor's degree in family life and child development. For fun, Sherry loves waking her therapy dog, Lilly. You might even find Lilly at the office now and then.