CHERI WRIGHT-JONES, Regional Vice President, Tampa Bay

Cheri joined the staff team at Allegany Franciscan Ministries in early 2011. As Regional Vice President, Cheri is responsible for Allegany Franciscan Ministries’ grant-making and community engagement activities in Hillsborough and Pinellas counties.

Cheri’s career has focused on increasing access to healthcare services and building capacity within non-profit organizations. Most recently she was Executive Director of the Tampa Bay Healthcare Collaborative. She also worked with the Closing the Gap in Infant Mortality grant at the Central Hillsborough Healthy Start Project. Cheri has extensive experience in program planning, project coordination, data collection and evaluation. Currently, Cheri is serving as a PLACES Fellow with the Funders Network for Smart Growth and Livable Communities. PLACES is designed as a year-long fellowship program that offers tools, knowledge, and best practices to enhance funder grantmaking decisions in ways that are responsive to the needs and assets of low-income neighborhoods and communities of color.

Cheri earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of South Florida and a Master of Science degree in Environmental Sciences from Florida A & M University.

Cheri is active in the Tampa Bay area; her community involvement includes: Tampa Metropolitan Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., Greater Tampa Chapter of Jack and Jill of America, and Blue Ridge Institute for Community Service Executives. Cheri enjoys spending time with her family, traveling, and volunteering at church and other community organizations.

Philanthropy is commendable, but it must not cause the philanthropist to overlook the circumstances of economic injustice which make philanthropy necessary. - Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.