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"Sherman draws on a deep well of experience to offer inspiration, wit and wisdom."

Chuck Collins, Author of Born on Third Base

"What a great tool to 'get smart' about building a better neighborhood, city, and world."

Deborah J. Hirsch, President, Woodrow Wilson Graduate School of Teaching and Learning


"Having worked on progressive political campaigns on the local, state and national level, I found Chasing Social Justice eminently readable, resonant and necessary."

Harry Shipps, Vice President, 90 West

"I hope professors use this with undergraduate and graduate students in a range of fields – from organizational development to public health, from education to political science."

Paul J. Hutchinson, Senior Lecturer, Boston University Questrom School of Business

"This book combines intimate story-telling with profound questions about living up to the great American ideals."

Caprice Taylor Mendez, La Voz Hispana radio host

"Each part of this book offers something compelling."

Monica Brady-Myerov, former WBUR reporter, founder and CEO of Listenwise

"Laurie Sherman’s remarkable new book is a welcome affirmation of advocacy and organizing when trying to solve our most intractable problems."

Paul Grogan, President of the Boston Foundation, co-author of Comeback Cities

"The author draws us in with stories that open our hearts, and then draws out the lessons from each one."

Brian Corr, National Association for Civilian Oversight of Law Enforcement, Massachusetts Democratic State Committee


Over the past three decades, Laurie Sherman has worked in leadership and management roles in public health, educational equity, and human services. For 17 of those years, she served as a policy advisor for Tom Menino, Boston’s longest-serving mayor. Most recently, Laurie served for five years as the executive vice president at Thompson Island Outward Bound. Her award-winning book, available in print and e-version, is CHASING SOCIAL JUSTICE: How Do We Advance the Work that Matters Most?


First and foremost an executive coach, Laurie works with leaders in the corporate, nonprofit and public sectors. She also enjoys advising mission-driven firms, start-ups, and  organizations on:

  • Strategic Planning

  • Resource Development

  • Marketing and Communications

  • Policy Creation

  • Staff Development

  • Convening and Facilitating – Across Departments, Organizations, and Sectors

Laurie earned a Master’s degree in Management and Social Policy from Brandeis University’s Heller Graduate School and an undergraduate degree from Brown.



"Laurie identified challenges facing children and families, then developed some of our city's best initiatives -- such as Countdown to Kindergarten and the Parenting in Action TV show. She created the public-private partnerships to fund and sustain that work. Her passion and commitment never ceased to impress me, especially her ability to help all of us understand what it might look like not solely to close the academic achievement gap in our schools, but to prevent it, through new ways of working with young people, families and communities before kids enter school in the first place." 


~ Boston Mayor Thomas M. Menino

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