Sherry Riva

Founder and Executive Director, Compass Working Capital

Focus Area: Economic Empowerment

Sherry Riva is the Founder and Executive Director of Compass Working Capital, a nonprofit financial services organization for low-income families. Sherry has been a nonprofit manager and entrepreneur for more than ten years, working primarily with nonprofit organizations and public agencies serving low-income women and families. Before founding Compass, she planned, launched, and managed the Princeton Project 55 Social Venture Fund, a venture philanthropy fund that identifies and invests in emerging social entrepreneurs. From 2000 to 2002, Sherry was the Executive Director at Jubilee Women's Center, a multi-site transitional housing program for homeless women in Seattle. Sherry received an AB from Princeton University, an MPP from the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University, and a Master's in Philosophy (Ecumenics) from Trinity College Dublin.

Compass Working Capital is a nonprofit financial services organization for low-income families. Compass empowers families to build savings and financial capabilities as a pathway out of poverty. Its broader vision is to build a leading organization that promotes economic mobility and financial security for working poor families by influencing field-related practice and policy.

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