It is with heavy hearts that we share the news of Cherisse Eatmon passing on Monday, August 24th, 2020. Our thoughts, prayers, and hopes are with her family, friends, and loved ones in perpetuity.
Cherisse dedicated her life to building a better future through cross-partisan coalition building and engagement. Though she moved to DC as an adult to be the change she wished to see in the political world, she never stopped being a proud faith- and family-centered native of Charleston, South Carolina; Gamecock of the University of South Carolina; and sister of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. We are humbled and grateful to have known and worked alongside the bright light that was Cherisse, and we’ll continue the fight for a political system that truly represents all people in her honor.
Prior to joining the RepresentUs team, Cherisse served as Senior Director of the State Caucus Network with the Millennial Action Project (MAP). At MAP, Cherisse led the bipartisan engagement of more than 800 young state legislators across the country. Through the State Future Caucus Network, these policymakers commit to fostering non-partisan solutions to address issues impacting the millennial and future generations – issues including the student debt crisis, the future of work, democracy reform, and more. Before joining the Millennial Action Project, Cherisse was the Manager of Legislator Outreach with Women In Government Foundation Inc. a DC-based non-profit responsible for providing leadership opportunities, networking expert forums, and resources to nearly 1,800 female state legislators across the United States.
Cherisse has a Master’s in Public Health – Health Services Policy Management from the University of South Carolina and a Bachelor’s degree in Biology earned at the same institution. She has worked in the Government Affairs and Public Policy office of Novo Nordisk, Incorporated and the Office of Policy Analysis with the Central Office of the Department of Veterans Affairs. Prior to moving to Washington, DC, Cherisse worked at New Morning Foundation in Columbia, South Carolina where she managed a volunteer network of more than 100 professional leaders and organizations responsible for health policy advocacy in the community and at the statehouse.