Cherie Abbanat

Cherie lecturers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in the Department of Urban Studies and Planning (DUSP) and in the Department of Architecture where she has been teaching at MIT for over fifteen.  Cherie lectures on Policy, Non-profit management, post-disaster rebuilding in New Orleans and in Haiti and the need for grassroots initiatives.  Cherie has her undergraduate degree in Economics and French from Simmons College and her Masters Degree in City Planning with a concentration in Environmental Policy and Planning from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. 

Cherie not only lectures, but is also a practitioner.  Cherie was asked to joine Haiti Projects Inc., a 501 (c)3 non-profit, in 2013 as its CEO in order to transform Haiti Projects from a fledgling non-profit into a growing social enterprise.   Cherie successfully turned Haiti Projects around financially and the non-profit is ready to grow.  Haiti Projects boasts 4 employees in the US and close to 90 employees in Haiti.  Haiti Projects operates a women's sewing cooperative, a Women's health clinic that focuses on family planning, health and hygeine and a community library.  With support from the Kellogg Foundation, Haiti Projects plans to buils a new community multi-purpose center in 2015.  

Cherie is Haitian/American, is passionate about empowering women throughout the world, especially in Haiti. Cherie brings with her a wealth experience in nonprofit management, project development and management, finance, grant writing, and social medial networking and fundraising. Cherie believes in setting goals, building teams and getting things done on the ground.