Sherece West-Scantlebury, Ph.D.
President and CEO

One word to describe Moving the Needle: Strategic

Three people at your dream dinner: Michelle Obama, Hillary Clinton, and Oprah Winfrey

I chose philanthropy because: Philanthropy chose me for which I am grateful because I did not have professional goals.  I have a mission and vision to use my time, talent and treasure to transform vulnerable communities into healthy, vibrant communities.  I am willing to do that in any capacity. Philanthropy is my current path. 

My Best Time of Day: I am definitely a morning person. My best time is between 4:00 a.m.– 2:00 p.m. for productivity.

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Sherece Y. West-Scantlebury is president and CEO of the Winthrop Rockefeller Foundation, a private, independent foundation whose mission is to improve the lives of all Arkansans in three interrelated areas: economic development; education; and economic, racial, and social justice.

Involved in philanthropy for 25 years, Dr. West-Scantlebury served as CEO at the Foundation for Louisiana and as a program associate at the Annie E. Casey Foundation. Her professional career includes nearly 30 years of experience in community development, public policy and advocacy, and public service.

In addition to running the Winthrop Rockefeller Foundation, Dr. West is active in a number of nonprofits and philanthropy organizations, and she is a mentor to several nonprofit leaders and young foundation executives.


  • PhD, Public Policy, University of Maryland, Baltimore County, Maryland
  • MA, Public Policy, University of Michigan Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy, Ann Arbor, Michigan
  • BA, Bowie State University, Bowie, Maryland
  • Fellow, Alfred P. Sloan Foundation Policy Institutes
  • 2003 - 04 Emerging Leaders Fellow, a joint program of Duke University and the University of Cape Town in South Africa

Associations and Recognition

  • 2017-2018 Rockwood Leadership Institute's National Leading from the Inside Out Yearlong Fellowship
  • 2017 James A. Joseph Lecturer
  • 2015 - 16 Ascend Fellowship Program, The Aspen Institute
  • 2015 Humanitarian Award, Just Communities of Arkansas
  • 2013 Woman of Influence Award, Arkansas Business Journal
  • 50 for the Future, Member, Little Rock Chamber of Commerce
  • Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., Beta Pi Omega Chapter
  • Arkansas State Chamber of Commerce, Education Committee
  • Arkansas Women’s Leadership Forum
  • Center for Community Change, Board of Directors
  • ForwARd Arkansas, Executive Advisory Committee - Chair
  • Philander Smith College, Board of Trustees - Chair
  • Mission Investors Exchange Inc., Board of Directors 
  • 2010 Distinguished Scholar in Residence, Center on Community Philanthropy, University of Arkansas Clinton School of Public Service
  • 2007 Telly Award winner for work as executive producer of the social documentary Power in the People
  • Graduate of the Arkansas State Chamber of Commerce’s Leadership Arkansas Class of 2007–08
  • Top 180 Power List, 2008, 2009, 2011 and 2013, Arkansas Business Journal

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