Sherry Salway Black

Sherry Salway Black

Oglala Lakota
Consultant and Board Member, First Peoples Fund and Johnson Scholarship Foundation

Sherry Salway Black is the Director of the Partnership for Tribal Governance at the National Congress of American Indian. She is the past Executive Director of the Ovarian Cancer National Alliance and an ovarian and endometrial cancer survivor. Ms. Black's experience includes nonprofit management, health care administration, business and economic development and philanthropy. Prior to coming to the Alliance, Ms. Black served for 19 years as Senior Vice President and on the board of directors for First Nations Development Institute, an international non-governmental organization working with Indigenous peoples in the United States and internationally. Previous work experience includes various positions with the Indian Health Service (DHHS, PHS) and as a researcher for a Congressional commission studying issues affecting American Indian and Alaska Native peoples.

Ms. Black currently serves on the board of directors of the Council on Foundations where she has served as the treasurer, a member of the Executive Committee, the Finance and Investment Committee and a member of the Governance Committee. Other current board positions include the Johnson Scholarship Foundation, Trillium Asset Management Corporation, and the Hopi Education Endowment Fund. She also serves on the advisory committee for the National Congress of American Indians’ Policy Research Center. Past board positions include First Nations Development Institute, First Nations Oweesta Corporation, American Indian Business Leaders, Native Americans in Philanthropy and Women and Philanthropy.

Ms. Black has a Masters of Business Administration degree, with a health care administration major, from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. She is a member of the Oglala Lakota Nation and is originally from South Dakota. She and her husband, Ronald Simpson Black, live in Falmouth, Virginia.