Sherry Lachman
Head of Social Impact at OpenAI
sherry lachman
sherry lachman
Sherry Lachman
Head of Social Impact at OpenAI
"I remember feeling less deserving of unconditional love. My goal in my work in child welfare is to make sure that no other kid has to grow up this way.”
2019 Champion
2019 Champion

Sherry Lachman is the head of social impact at OpenAI. For two decades, she has dedicated her career to improving the outcomes of underserved communities as a policymaker in two presidential administrations, social entrepreneur, and public interest attorney.

In the Biden-Harris Administration, she led the division of the White House Office of Management and Budget charged with developing policies and budget proposals and strengthening the implementation of federal government programs spanning the Departments of Education and Labor, the Administration for Children and Families, the Food and Nutrition Service, and the Social Security Administration.

In the Obama-Biden Administration, she served as a domestic policy advisor to then Vice President Biden and as a senior policy advisor at the U.S. Department of Education.

From 2015 to 2021, Sherry founded and served as the executive director of Foster America, a nonprofit dedicated to reforming the child welfare system.

Earlier in her career, she served as a senior education counsel in the U.S. Senate and a children’s civil rights attorney at the Juvenile Law Center.

Sherry received a Master’s in Philosophy from the University of Cambridge, a Master’s in Public Policy from Harvard, and a J.D. from Columbia University.