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Ms. Sheri Dunn Berry and Mr. Marc McMorris Join The James Irvine Foundation Board of Directors

January 11, 2024

Luisa Montes,
Communications Officer

SAN FRANCISCO (January 11, 2024) — The James Irvine Foundation announced the appointment of two new members of its Board of Directors, who began their terms in January 2024. Ms. Sheri Dunn Berry, of Los Angeles, is a Strategist at the Wend Collective. Mr. Marc McMorris lives in the Bay Area and is Co-CEO and Co-Chair of the Investment Committee for Carrick Capital Partners.

“I am deeply grateful that Sheri and Marc have agreed to join the board,” said Tim Rios, Chair of the Irvine Foundation board. “They will bring invaluable personal and professional experience to our work and the Foundation’s singular goal: a California where all low-income workers have the power to advance economically.”

Ms. Berry is a nonprofit leader with 30-plus years of experience in policy, programming, and organizational development for  social justice and faith-based organizations and networks. She’s currently on the leadership team of the Wend Collective, overseeing the social impact fund’s investments and partnerships to build the civic capacity of diverse communities in the U.S. She also chairs the board of directors for PolicyLink and served for five years on our Selection Committee for The James Irvine Foundation Leadership Awards.

Mr. McMorris co-founded the private equity firm Carrick Capital Partners to assist companies in navigating growth opportunities and creating long-term value. He is a Trustee of the University of Pennsylvania, where he is the Chairman of the University Endowment and a member of the Executive Committee. He is involved in nonprofits that support student development, including the Helix School for children on the autism spectrum and Scholars for Educational Opportunity.

“Sheri and Marc, like Irvine’s other trustees, each bring their unique experience and wisdom to our work,” said Don Howard, President and CEO of the Irvine Foundation. “In this pivotal time for workers, I’m hopeful about what is possible when I see, in action, the organizations we support and the dedication of our board and staff.”

Both Ms. Berry and Mr. McMorris will serve a four-year term, with the opportunity for up to two additional terms. The Irvine Foundation is governed by an independent Board of Directors, which is responsible for ensuring that the Foundation manages its finances, operations, and grantmaking programs to advance its mission and goals.

Learn more on our website about Ms. Berry and Mr. McMorris.