About Sherry Dagnogo
Sherry Gay-Dagnogo, M.Ed., has been hailed as a hybrid Education Advocate and Community Activist in the city of Detroit. With more than two decades of combined experience working with the Detroit City Council, relentless community service, and leadership as a Detroit Public School science teacher, gives her an unparalleled approach to spark change in Detroit’s educational and political landscape.
As a first generation college graduate, Sherry’s career trajectory embodies the principle to tear down obstacles and construct opportunities to promote the achievement of others. Her no-nonsense approach in the classroom garnered the respect of parents, students and her colleagues, as she shared through professional development seminars how to manage and transform learning.
Sherry has led community engagement projects funded by the City of Detroit, Great Start Collaborative, the Kresge Foundation, Kellogg Foundation, UCLA, United Way of Southeastern MI, and the Skillman Foundation. She has also fostered community partnerships to host Education Summits and Town Halls with local and federal elected officials including Congressman John Conyers, Jr., Congresswoman Carolyn Cheeks Kilpatrick, and Congressman Hansen Clarke.
Sherry’s primary objective as Representative of Detroit’s “New” House District 8 is to build partnerships to advance policy that will improve and support: Quality Public Education, Academic Accountability, Small Business and Job Development, and Safe thriving communities. Her vision to transform education is infectious and has caught the attention of many including award winning journalist Dan Rather, as she is featured in HD-Network’s documentary chronicling DPS.
Sherry’s commitment to community service began as a youth volunteering on various campaigns and grassroots initiatives; however, her tenure with the Detroit City Council for more than 9 years, under the leadership of Councilmember Alberta Tinsley-Talabi and Councilman Clyde Cleveland, sparked an even greater commitment to public service.