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May 22, 2019

Echoing Green Welcomes Sharyanne McSwain as New Chief Operating Officer

Echoing Green is pleased to announce Sharyanne McSwain joined the organization as the first-ever chief operating officer. Echoing Green is a nonprofit organization that finds emerging leaders with the best ideas for social innovation as early as possible, and sets them on a path to lifelong impact. Echoing Green's community of nearly 1,000 social innovators includes past Fellows like First Lady Michelle Obama, the founders of organizations like Teach For America and One Acre Fund, and public figures like Van Jones.

McSwain, who most recently served as the chief financial and administrative officer at StoryCorps, comes to Echoing Green with more than 30 years of financial services and business operations experience, working in nonprofit management, financial engineering, financial services marketing, and municipal finance.

In this new position, McSwain will play an integral role in advancing the organization’s mission, vision and efforts to grow capacity and increase impact. In partnership with President Cheryl L. Dorsey, McSwain will serve as Echoing Green’s internal operations executor, driving the organizational strategy and effectiveness.

“Echoing Green is thrilled to welcome Sharyanne to our team,” Dorsey said. “She brings an impressive set of experiences and expertise around nonprofit management, leadership development, and diversity and inclusion to Echoing Green. She is also meticulous, exacting, and relentless in her pursuit of excellence, and she shares these same values with our organization and our best-in-class Fellows.”

McSwain comes to Echoing Green from a 10-year career at StoryCorps. Her love for the stories of everyday people and her desire for mission-driven work inspired her move from Wall Street to the nonprofit sector in 2008. She joins Echoing Green at a pivotal time as the organization embarks on a 5-year strategic plan that aims to increase the organization’s reach and impact.

“As a longtime supporter of transformational leaders who want to change world, I’m grateful and excited to join the Echoing Green team,” McSwain said. “I have spent the last decade working to elevate the stories of everyday people, and it’s truly the stories of the Echoing Green Fellows that drew me to the organization. I’m eager to support such a global, diverse group of leaders. These Fellows have the bold ideas to drive change, and the talent and vision to see those ideas succeed, and I look forward to bringing my perspective and expertise to help them, and the organization, create the greatest impact.”

McSwain received a M.B.A. from INSEAD on the Fontainebleau, France campus and formerly served on the school’s Fundraising Board of Trustees. She also received a B.A. in Urban Studies from Mount Holyoke College in Massachusetts where she currently serves on the finance committee of the Alumnae Association Board. Originally from Detroit, Michigan, she lives in Brooklyn, New York with her husband, artist Jean-Charles Gobillot.

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About Echoing Green

For more than 30 years, Echoing Green has been on the front lines of solving the world’s biggest problems, raising up the transformational leaders willing to speak truth to power and challenge the status quo. The organization finds emerging leaders with the best ideas for social innovation as early as possible, and sets them on a path to lifelong impact. Echoing Green's community of nearly 1,000 social innovators includes past Fellows like First Lady Michelle Obama, the founders of organizations like Teach For America and One Acre Fund, and public figures like Van Jones. Built and refined over three decades, Echoing Green discovers tomorrow’s leaders, today, and then funds, connects, and supports a new generation of social impact leaders.

Media Contact:
Cara Lee
646-795-1496
cara@echoinggreen.org

Photo credit: Vanessa Lenz