Sheridan Lorenz

Board Member, The Cynthia and George Mitchell Foundation

Sheridan Lorenz is a resident of Austin, Texas, though she has deep roots on Galveston Island. Spending summers in Galveston, she recalls the festive celebrations of Juneteenth on the island.

Sheridan has had a lifelong concern with social and racial inequities. From 2005 to 2012 she initiated several programs in Galveston: An affordable and low-income home building project in collaboration with Galveston Housing Authority; an after school Safe Haven Program for at-risk youth in collaboration with Galveston Independent School District; an early childhood center with sliding tuition scale for families in collaboration with Galveston Independent School District and several local foundations.

As member of the Galveston Philanthropy Round Table, Sheridan participated in the development of Vision Galveston, an initiative that will bring together Galveston’s philanthropic, local community and municipal leadership to create a community wide, shared vision for the future of Galveston Island.

Sheridan is a board member and active participant of The Cynthia and George Mitchell Foundation, a grant-making foundation dedicated to the issues of global climate change, the development of clean, renewable energy sources, the protection of Texas’ aquifers and land conservation in Texas. She lives in Austin with her husband of a million years. They take personal credit for their two extraordinary daughters. Their three grandchildren are perfect.


Voices from the Field

The Juneteenth Legacy Project and the “Absolute Equality” Mural

Posted on June 17, 2021 by Sheridan Lorenz

The Juneteenth Legacy Project Mural. Courtesy of Reginald Adams. On Juneteenth, 2020 I received a call from Galveston historian, Samuel C. Collins. His call was in response to an op-ed published in the Galveston Daily News that day. In it, I wrote that white people must acknowledge systemic racism; to deny it exists is to be complicit. After the horror… Read More