Sherry Johnson believes strongly in the power of groups to solve problems, convening strategic conversations that build a shared sense of ownership over organizational and community transformation. Sherry helps leaders intensify worker and volunteer investment through meaningful, action-focused engagement. Her greatest joy is engaging with the gifts and operational styles of each participant, calling on their creativity and sense of vocation to transform their circumstances.
In her organizational work, Sherry has facilitated capacity-building and strategic-planning efforts at Neighborhoods Organizing for Change in Northeast Minneapolis; Neighborhood Energy Connection in St. Paul; and recently with Rat City Rollergirls in Shoreline, Washington. In her community work, she collaborated with St. Paul, Minnesota’s East Side Prosperity Campaign and its member organizations in hosting community conversations and action planning around transit equity.
Sherry has hosted a variety of workshops and trainings, including volunteer engagement, nonprofit formation, marketing, organizational values, and conflict management. With a strong background in education and curriculum planning, Sherry has served on the board of Twin Cities Academy, as well as in leadership roles within curriculum teams.
Sherry is a graduate of the Wilder Foundation & Minnesota History Center’s Neighborhood Leadership Program, as well as a participant in the Asset-Based Community Development Institute. She holds a Master’s Degree in Education, and is a Certified ToP® Facilitator. She is currently an associate with Facilitators Northwest, where she is a ToP® Apprentice Trainer, supporting facilitative leaders in building collaborative capacity within their organizations.
“Sherry was very successful in promoting understanding of shared goals and sometimes conflicting interests between groups in our organization, but still helping us to find solutions that make everyone happy.”
“While we have an open, supportive culture here, it was still outside of our experience to solicit this much input and have every one’s opinions valued equally. Sherry did an excellent job of making everyone comfortable. Some people naturally share less than others, but the introverts did not feel undervalued – they still felt they were heard.”
“Sherry is very energetic and playful, her desire to engage everyone is very authentic. As result, the group begins to feel responsibility for being active and participating — going along and doing their best, in the end having a great time doing it.”