Tracey W. Sherry, Ph.D.

Executive Director

Co-founder and Executive Director of the Birdfoot Festival, Dr. Sherry has extensive training and twenty-six years of experience in nonprofit management. A founding member of the state and national-award-winning Greater New Orleans Youth Orchestra, Dr. Sherry “retired” from GNOYO’s Board of Directors after serving twenty consecutive years.

In addition to having served on all committees and offices of GNOYO, she served five years as Board President and chaired GNOYO’s successful 2000 Endowment Campaign. 

Dr. Sherry is a co-founder and former board member of the New Orleans String Project and has served on the Louisiana Philharmonic’s Education Committee.

She earned a B.A. from Swarthmore College, an M.Sc. from Carleton University, and a Ph.D. in Zoology from the University of Massachusetts. She has taught at the University of Massachusetts, the University of New Hampshire, Tulane University, and for ten years as a Certified Suzuki Method Instructor.

She and her husband Tom enjoy dancing, hiking, camping, canoeing, gardening, gawking at nature, and spending time with their children and grandson.