Christal M. Cherry is a nationally recognized nonprofit executive and professionally trained fundraiser. With over 20 years in the nonprofit sector, she has supported higher education institutions, human services organizations and faith based missions. Her career portfolio, as a full time professional and consultant includes American University, the United Negro College Fund, Spelman College, Nicholas House, the Interdenominational Theological Center, Florida A & M University, Action Ministries and the GA Center for Nonprofits.
In each role, Christal has interfaced, guided and collaborated with diverse boards made up of college presidents, ministers and bishops, politicians, corporate CEO's, civic leaders, consultants, attorneys, stay at home moms and students.
With passion and a wide breadth of experience, Christal works today with clients to help them mark a clear path to success in board development. Her style is electrifying, inspiring, and
Christal earned a MA in Counseling from Hampton University, a BA in Liberal Arts from Hofstra University and professional development certifications in nonprofit leadership, social media fundraising, and nonprofit management.
She currently serves on the board of the Greater Atlanta chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals and the Villages of Carver YMCA. She is regular presenter with CANDID, Qgiv, Network for Good, Bloomerang, and the Mississippi Alliance of Nonprofits and Philanthropy where she facilitates webinars and teaches courses in fundraising, board development and equity and inclusion. Christal has been a guest on multiple podcasts and enjoy serving as a requested expert on board matters. She is contributing author in Collecting Courage, a documenting of racism and survival by 14 accomplished Black fundraisers working across North America. She also enjoys her membership in the African American Development Officers Network, Toastmasters, and F3, Fabulous Female Fundraisers which she founded.
the Who and the how we get your board on track
We believe that the most successful organizations are led by leaders who will transform the world. We know that Who’s At The Top Matters. We work to coach and train working and governing nonprofit boards to harness and optimize their individual and collective talents and resources to support mission driven nonprofits.
With personalized consultation, we customize our training and support for the unique needs of each client. Whether it’s one-on-one coaching, a refresher on board roles and responsibilities, onboarding and culture, recruitment or an in-depth customized training to assess performance, revise goals, or fire-up your board to raise funds, The Board Pro can guide, counsel and facilitate the right engagement experience for your budget.
Christal M. Cherry
The Board Pro
My Equitable Board Clinics, "Planting The Seeds for Change," help boards to identify "blind spots", assess the board's composition, recruit and prepare diverse professionals for board service, and engage in concrete steps that lead to culture change and environments where all feel welcomed!