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Kerri Forrest

Senior Program Director

Charleston, SC

Kerri joins MDC after 7 ½ years as the Lowcountry Program Director for the Gaylord and Dorothy Donnelley Foundation. There she managed all grantmaking, communications, advocacy, and partnerships for the Foundation’s three program areas in coastal South Carolina: land conservation, artistic vitality, and broadening regional narratives.  

Kerri is a dynamic public communicator, connector, and mentor dedicated to advancing equitable economic opportunity in her community. She brings more than a decade of experience in the non-profit and philanthropic fields including strategy development, strategic partnerships, governance, mentorship, and communications. She returned to her hometown of Charleston, SC after a 16-year journalism career with national broadcast outlets MSNBC, NBC NEWS, and CBS NEWS.  

Kerri holds a BA in Biological Sciences from Clemson University and a MA in Interactive Journalism from American University. She is a Furman University DLI Riley Fellow and a Liberty Fellow, a program in the Aspen Global Leadership Network dedicated to moving South Carolina forward. She currently serves on the boards of the South Carolina Women’s Rights & Empowerment Network (WREN) and the Liberty Fellowship and is a member of the Charleston Metro Chamber of Commerce’s Strategic Thinking Group (STG), a group of business leaders dedicated to the advancement of economic prosperity for sustainable African American business and talent.