Director of Development
Heather Sherwin leads the Chrysler’s fundraising and development efforts, including membership, endowment, annual fund, and major giving initiatives. She also oversees capital campaigns, member travel, planned giving, and database administration A native of Cleveland, Ohio, her fundraising career spans nearly three decades and includes experience in arts and educational institutions as well as foundation grantmaking. Before relocating to Norfolk, Sherwin served as Central Carolina Community Foundation’s Vice President of Advancement since 2012. During her tenure, she launched the region’s first giving day — Midlands Gives. She also helped hundreds of donors establish donor-advised funds and create legacy gifts.
In her hometown, Sherwin helped complete a $350 million capital campaign as the Director of Principal Gifts at Cleveland Museum of Art. As Director of Development for Great Lakes Theater Festival, she raised $19.3 million to complete the renovation of the historic Hanna Theatre at Playhouse Square. She also held positions with the American Red Cross and Hawken School in Ohio and The Masters School in New York. Additionally, Sherwin was active in the Cleveland community. She was president of the Cleveland Arts Prize, a founding partner of Cleveland Social Venture Partners and Vice President of The Sherwick Fund of the Cleveland Foundation. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Philosophy from Boston University.