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Kerri is an Emmy award-winning journalist who found her way back home to Charleston and has a passion for advancing the lives of those in the Lowcountry. She is currently the Senior Program Director for Equity-Centered Leadership and Philanthropy for MDC, a nonprofit intermediary with a mission to create a South where all people thrive.
After college, Kerri spent 16 years in broadcast journalism as a producer with MSNBC, NBC, and CBS for such programs as The CBS Early Show, Chris Matthews' Hardball and NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams. In these roles, Kerri traveled to six continents and covered three presidential administrations. Since her return home, Kerri has become an active member of the Charleston community and is working with numerous organizations to address economic, racial, environmental, and gender disparities. She spent seven years the Lowcountry Program Director for the Gaylord and Dorothy Donnelley Foundation where she managed grant making in Land Conservation, Artistic Vitality and Collections for nine counties along coastal South Carolina. Her community work includes service on the One Region Executive Committee and volunteering for the local YWCA. Kerri holds a Bachelor of Arts in Biological Sciences from Clemson University and a Master of Arts in Interactive Journalism from American University. She is a Fellow of the 2018 Class of the Liberty Fellowship and is a member of the Aspen Global Leadership Network.