Sherrie Beal has 25 years of experience as a successful fundraiser -- grant-writer, major gifts fundraiser and, for the past 12 years, planned giving specialist. Sherrie was a development/communications director at the Minnesota Land Trust prior to coming to The Nature Conservancy in 2000 and is a part of a national team that raises millions of dollars annually through planned gifts, from simple bequests to more complex life income gifts. Some of her greatest training for her profession has been working as a nurse’s assistant and caring for her own elders, including her late parents, and serving as their personal representative and executor.
She has an MBA in nonprofit management from the University of St. Thomas, St. Paul, MN and an English major from Concordia College, Moorhead, MN. She lives in Minneapolis with her husband, son, four rescue animals, and in her spare time volunteers with a horse rescue organization and manages rental properties.