Passing the torch at Big Brothers Big Sisters in Santa Fe
About a week into law school at the University of Denver, David Sherman decided he was on the wrong path and dropped out, heading instead for a career in the nonprofit sector.
Among the agencies he’s worked with since then are the hunger relief organization Feeding America, Kansas Big Brothers Big Sisters and Big Brothers Big Sisters of America. Now Sherman, 49, is the CEO of Big Brothers Big Sisters Mountain Region, a Santa Fe-based nonprofit that offers mentorship services to children and youth in 10 counties across New Mexico.
The Denver native, who moved to Santa Fe from Alexandria, Va., stepped into the job Aug. 1. He’s been working alongside retiring CEO Andrea Fisher Maril and the organization’s board to ease the transition.
The arrangement has been ideal, Sherman said.
“I’m fortunate they’ve pointed me in the right direction, and I’m going to continue making my path and filling those shoes,” he said of Maril, who has been with the nonprofit for nearly two decades, guiding it through a period of steady growth from a local chapter to a regional operation.
“My vision is that we’ll continue to grow,” Sherman said. “Both grow in number of children served but also to more counties and rural areas.”
He’s happy to be back in the Southwest, Sherman said, and looks forward to continuing the mission of serving children.
Big Brothers Big Sisters, a nearly century-old organization, pairs children and teens from low-income families with adult volunteer mentors. The goal is to help youth build positive relationships that help them overcome adversity, build confidence and learn to embrace opportunity.
“What I’m most excited about is the opportunity to work for an organization that’s devoted to what difference one person can make in the life of another,” Sherman said. “By bringing change to the individual, you can bring change to the community.”
Outside of his nonprofit work, Sherman said he enjoys the outdoors and eventually wants to coach lacrosse, another passion of his. He has a daughter in Denver, he said, and is looking forward to adopting a dog as he settles in to Santa Fe.