Commission Members

Sherry Hakimi

Sherry Hakimi, Executive Director, genEquality: Sherry Hakimi is the Executive Director of genEquality, a nonprofit organization 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. Focusing on behaviors and beliefs, genEquality’s research-backed nudges promote 10 small actions with big impact on long-term gender equality.

Sherry’s professional work has spanned the public, private, and nonprofit sectors on five continents. She began her career working on a health education initiative in Iran; prior to founding genEquality, she served as Executive Director of Strategy & Marketing for the Workforce Development Division of the City of New York. Sherry has worked with a range of companies, clients, and institutions such as Reebok, Harvard Business School, Fidelity Investments, and the United Nations.

Outside of her gender equality work, Sherry serves as a National Security Fellow at the Truman National Security Project and chairs the annual Iranian Summit at Harvard. Her writing has been published in Fast Company, Defense News, and The Kennedy School Review, among others. She holds a B.B.A. in Marketing and B.A. in International Development from University of Massachusetts-Amherst, and an M.P.P. from Harvard Kennedy School.