Strengthening organizations so that leaders can focus on changing the world.
Growth; strategic planning & program implementation; financial management; operations; and compliance reporting.
Public charter schools, small businesses, and nonprofits.
Cheri Harrington is the Principal and Lead Consultant of Hop Skip Consulting LLC. With nearly 20 years of leadership experience in both the public and private sectors, Cheri is committed to improving the world by using her skills to strengthen schools, small businesses, and nonprofits.
Before Hop Skip, Cheri was the Chief Operating Officer at Washington Yu Ying Public Charter School, where she led all aspects of business operations and managed teams. One of Cheri’s accomplishments at Yu Ying was leading the organization in achieving sustainable growth. During her tenure, Cheri planned and managed a $2.4M campus expansion, co-led the creation of Washington, DC’s first Chinese immersion preschool program, implemented several IT efforts to streamline operations, and increased student enrollment by 40 percent. At the same time, Cheri managed a $9M budget, significantly increased revenue, led Yu Ying’s debt restructure, outperformed budget targets each month, and maintained between 7 to 9 months of operating cash in reserves. Before Yu Ying, Cheri spent almost 10 years at the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO), where she analyzed a broad range social policies and made recommendations to Congress on ways to improve the effectiveness and efficiency of federal programs. She also worked for several years in local government as a budget and program analyst. Cheri holds a Master of Public Administration from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst and a Bachelor of Science in Human Development from the University of California at Davis.