Sherra Bennett

Equity Officer
Winthrop Rockefeller Foundation

I serve as an equity officer at the Winthrop Rockefeller Foundation. I mobilize strategies to create positive outcomes for Arkansas ALICE individuals and families. I’ve served the nonprofit sector in roles ranging from executive director to community organizer. My social work background creates the perfect catalyst for a career in philanthropy that strives to personify ‘love for humanity’ daily.


Best advice I ever received

The best advice I've ever received is to know and own that showing up as your authentic self is your superpower!

Biggest challenges in my career

The biggest challenge I currently face is navigating the distribution of philanthropic investment funds across the myriad of worthy and deserving organizations.

Nonprofit I wish more people knew about

Delta Circles is a nonprofit organization serving the Arkansas Delta that supports families to end poverty and challenges the way that Black women think about themselves, their finances, and their businesses.

One practice I use to maintain my mental health

I meditate as a practice to maintain my mental health. Impact work is busy, so finding time to calm my mind, quiet my spirit and connect with God are powerful.

How I knew this was my passion

As a macro-focused social worker, I care about a variety of issues and philanthropy appreciates and demands the ability to focus on multiple causes simultaneously.

What I learned from my first job

My first job taught me the value of humility and to approach every new opportunity with an open willingness to learn.

What keeps me coming back to my job every day

My love for people and commitment to a better and thriving Arkansas for all Arkansans

Best career moment so far

Returning to my home state of Arkansas and being recognized as a woman to watch is my current favorite moment!



Pine Bluff

I can't start my day until

I have my cup of green tea and take my vitamins!


Shopping and traveling, preferably shopping while traveling

Binge watch

ANY historical documentary

Last good read

Jeremiah 29:11

Favorite meal in town

Sunday brunch at YaYa's Euro Bistro

Best recent local discovery

Pyramid Art Books & Custom Framing

Latest splurge

Christian Dior lip oil

Most-used app


Dream vacation

The Maldives