Sherry Hakimi is the Executive Director of genEquality, a nonprofit on a mission to activate people to achieve gender equality. genEquality leverages behavioral insights to develop and implement nudges everywhere from corporate lobby spaces to high school hallways. Additionally, in 2019, Sherry was appointed to serve as Commissioner for the NYC Commission on Gender Equity.
Sherry’s professional work has spanned the public, private, and nonprofit sectors on five continents. Sherry has worked with an array of companies, clients, and institutions, such as Reebok, Harvard Business School, Etsy, Fidelity Investments, and the United Nations. For the last seven years, she has served as an independent advisor to various United Nations entities, with a particular focus on gender equality and foreign policy initiatives.
Sherry is a Term Member at the Council on Foreign Relations and National Security Fellow at the Truman National Security Project. Her writing has been published in Fast Company, Defense News, and The Kennedy School Review, among others. As co-founder of Harvard Iranian Alumni (HIA), Sherry served two terms as HIA Co-President and now serves on the HIA Advisory Board. In 2016, she spearheaded the creation of the annual Harvard Iranian Weekend, which has since evolved into the university-wide Iranian Summit at Harvard.
She holds a B.B.A. in Marketing and B.A. in International Development from the University of Massachusetts-Amherst, and a Master in Public Policy from Harvard Kennedy School.