Sheryl Bruff

Head, Human Resources
Sheryl Bruff

Since 2004, Ms. Sheryl L. Bruff has partnered with leaders in every area of the institute to develop a workforce of diverse attributes, talents, backgrounds, expertise, and perspectives to sustain and enhance the institute’s work. More importantly, she has worked with senior leaders and staff to build and foster a workplace that is inclusive and supportive. Ms. Bruff serves as the head of human resources for the institute and provides human resources consultation to the corporate office of the Association of Universities for Research in Astronomy (AURA). She is an expert in human resources program and policy development, project management, operations, and employee relations.

Before joining the institute, Ms. Bruff served in human resources leadership roles at Susquehanna Bancshares (now BB&T) in Pennsylvania, the Columbia Bank in Maryland, Constellation Real Estate in Maryland, and Medlantic Healthcare Corporation (now MedStar Health) in Washington, D.C. In these positions, she not only managed full-service human resources departments that supported organizations that ranged from 250 to 800 employees, she also had the opportunity to establish and manage human resources departments from the ground up; lead organizations through significant shifts in business and changes in leadership; develop and lead proactive recruitment and retention strategies; and create and run ongoing professional development programs.

Ms. Bruff earned a paralegal certification from Georgetown University in Washington, D.C., and holds both the Society for Human Resource Management Certified Professional (SHRM-CP) as well as the Senior Professional in Human Resources designations. She deeply values community service. She has served as a workshop presenter and trainer at the American Astronomical Society, as a diversity program panel member for the National Radio Astronomy Observatory, as a trainer at the Walters Art Museum in Baltimore, and as a board chair and an affiliate on several committees for the American Heart Association.


BA in Psychology, University of Maryland, College Park