Edquity Team Spotlight: Mary Sherman

Our Edquity Team Spotlights highlight Edquity team members and the work they do to improve students’ lives. In this spotlight, meet Mary Sherman, Partner Success Manager, who joined Edquity in February 2021.

Describe a day in your life at Edquity. How do you interact with our partners, students, and staff?

As a Partner Success Manager (PSM), I have the incredible opportunity to interact with the brilliant minds that sit behind the basic needs programs at our partner organizations. I am constantly working alongside our partners towards the common goal of alleviating poverty in higher education and in service-based programs, through emergency cash assistance and holistic basic needs support services. It has been a tremendous honor to be able to share my knowledge and resources with our partners, while developing a space for co-learning and co-creation of the innovative product that Edquity puts forth. 

What do you like most about your role?

Having worked in the practitioner space both in higher education and in service-based organizations, I love the ability to use my own experience to help guide our partners towards a solution that best fits their needs and those of their students/members. I deeply value creative collaboration, so it has been an absolute pleasure to be able to do this nationally, while representing a company that is actively striving for the same values I uphold.  

Why did you join the Edquity team?

I wanted to transition into a role that allowed me to take a systems-based approach to Basic Needs and poverty alleviation work. In my short time at Edquity so far, working alongside multiple organizations and institutions has proven to be exactly what I was hoping for in my career journey. It has allowed me to continuously look more broadly at the types of work that can happen around basic needs in higher education, while integrating practice and theory into the conversations and product. 

How would you describe the culture at Edquity?

The staff are incredibly welcoming; there hasn't been a single moment where I've asked a question and felt uncomfortable doing so for any reason. Communication is open and valued, and employee well-being is paramount. Everyone is dedicated to the mission at Edquity, which adds a level of passion to everything that we do. I am entrenched in basic needs work, so coming to a company that upholds a culture that values the work AND the employees has been tremendous. 

Name three skills you bring to your role.

Creativity, compassion, and a critical lens

What's your favorite thing to do outside of work?

I love going outside! Hiking, biking, gardening, going for little walks. Any of my hobbies, I love doing outdoors. I also love to cook, so I always look forward to making dinner after I shut my screen off. 

What's your favorite tech, or the last app you downloaded?

The last app I downloaded is the Spongebob Krusty Cook-off (I love games and Spongebob). I like to ease my mind with silly little things, and flipping virtual patties often does the trick.

What are some of your favorite ways to give back? Any charities that are personal to you?

I love spending time in food pantries and food banks, as I believe all individuals should have access to affordable, nutritious, culturally relevant foods. I have volunteered at and benefitted from pantries my entire life, so it is an issue that is near and dear to my heart.

I am also passionate about menstrual health and equity, food justice, and climate justice. Some great organizations to follow include: #HappyPeriod, Soul Fire Farm, and Indigenous Climate Action.

Are you looking to join a talented team of individuals reimagining access to emergency aid? Edquity is hiring!

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