Sherry Ristau

President & CEO
Community Foundation of the Great River Bend

Sherry's visionary leadership at CFGRB began in September 2014 when she was named the third president and CEO of the Community Foundation. She is passionate about facilitating philanthropy and community development by strenghtening relationships with donors and community leaders. In addition to building a solid, well-run organization alongside the CFGRB staff, she is committed to ensuring the Community Foundation is fully engage with donors and the Quad Cities region to grow endowed assets and legacies that challenge the status quo and grow inclusive opportunities for our community. She is dedicated to the mission to transform the region through the generosity of donors by knowing our greatest needs and most promising opportunities. Sherry and her husband Bruce are from Blue Earth, Minnesota. Prior to joining CFGRB, she served the Southwest Initiative Foundation, a regional community foundation in Minnesota, for over 20 years, including 17 years as president and CEO. She holds a master's degree in organizational leadership, a bachelor's degree in sociology with a minor in gerontology, and a second bachelor's degree in family life and child development. She is so proud to call the Quad Cities home.