Kerry Herlihy Sullivan is president of the Bank of America Charitable Foundation, whose mission is to help advance economic mobility for individuals, families and communities in order to create thriving communities across the company’s global footprint. In this role, Sullivan leads a team responsible for philanthropic strategy in support of the company’s commitment to responsible growth through a focus on environmental, social and governance factors. The foundation is delivering on a 10-year $2 billion philanthropic giving goal, with a particular focus of serving low-income communities and vulnerable populations.
Sullivan manages strategic relationships with philanthropic partners addressing pressing issues of workforce and education, community development, and basic needs. She leads the company’s signature philanthropic programs which recognize the community leadership and service of nonprofit organizations and students in 45 markets across the United States, with more than $200 million invested since 2004. In addition, Sullivan is responsible for Bank of America Community Volunteers, the company’s global volunteer program, which deploys employees as engaged citizens across local communities.
With more than 25 years of experience, Sullivan is recognized as an expert in the field of charitable giving. Prior to joining the Bank of America Charitable Foundation, Sullivan managed Philanthropic Management Foundation Advisory Services at the company — a team responsible for distributing more than $300 million in charitable grants on behalf of clients. Under her leadership, the Lloyd G. Balfour Foundation distributed more than $85 million in charitable grants predominantly to organizations aimed at improving access to education for underserved populations.
She currently serves on the national board of directors of Year Up; Mentor, the National Mentoring Partnership; Points of Light; BPE, the Boston Plan for Excellence; the GreenLight Fund; and serves as chair of the Summer Fund – a donor collaborative that raises annual support for summer programs to benefit Boston’s inner-city youth.
Sullivan has a bachelor’s degree in English from the College of the Holy Cross-Worcester, Massachusetts, and earned her MBA from Boston College, Carroll School of Management. She resides in Sudbury, Massachusetts, with her husband and two daughters.
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