ABOUT US > Board of Trustees

Henry Sinclair Sherrill

Sinclair Sherrill has a personal interest and association with explicit, structured, multi-sensory reading instruction. His mother, Patty, was an Orton-Gillingham and Slingerland Institute trained teacher who dedicated herself to helping dyslexic students and all learners become effective readers. In the late 60's and 70’s she worked entirely on her own to introduce this ideal reading instruction approach into public schools.

He has been grant maker for 31 years. Mr. Sherrill has been a consultant in the nonprofit sector, assisting numerous organizations with their governance, fundraising, and external relations objectives. These include: Sheltering Arms; Volunteers of America; the Center for Retinal Research at Columbia University, (NYC); Cambridge College; the Angel Fund of Boston, which supports research for amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) at the Massachusetts General Hospital; and the Independent Education Consultants of America Foundation.

He is a director of a family foundation where he has collaborated with other board members to make grants to education, literacy, learning disabilities, medical research, land conservation, the Episcopal Church, mental health, libraries, and nonprofits that provide for the disadvantaged and poor.

Mr. Sherrill worked at Ralph Nader's Center for Automobile Safety and the Cheswick Center in Boston, MA.  He was director of development at Fay School, the internationally known independent school, and directed fundraising at Harvard Medical School’s Center for Blood Research. He has been a board director at the Partnership for Children, a special philanthropic board for the American Academy of Pediatrics; Landmark College; USS Constitution Museum; Navigator Foundation; Sherrill House; American Friends of The Bermuda Underwater Exploration Institute; the International Dyslexia Association; Literate Nation; and Dyslexiaville.

In 2010, Mr. Sherrill organized the preliminary philanthropic initiative with co-founder, Sebastian Scripps which led to establishing Boon. Their targeted research on education, strategic analysis, and a growing basis of knowledge made it possible to direct new, major grants to key education programs. The project began in the learning differences field and expanded to include general education field research, early and elementary school education, legislation and public funding for education, literacy, and professional development.

Mr. Sherrill received his BA from Harvard University and his JD from Seattle University School of Law.