Sharon L. Alpert

President and CEO
Nathan Cummings Foundation
Sharon L. Alpert

Sharon Alpert became the fourth president and first female leader of the Nathan Cummings Foundation in November 2015. A seasoned philanthropic leader, Sharon has more than 20 years of experience at the intersection of inequality and environmental issues. Sharon served as the VP of Programs and Strategic Initiatives at the Surdna Foundation. Sharon began her career in philanthropy at the Ford Foundation, where she implemented a cross-portfolio initiative to address inequality in housing, employment and environmental opportunities in Camden, New Jersey. She also reshaped Ford’s environmental justice portfolio, focusing on next generation leadership from communities of color and the intersection of health and the environment. Previously, Sharon spent eight years in the nonprofit and private sectors, including securing millions of dollars of public and private investments for the Northern Manhattan Improvement Corporation to support affordable housing, energy efficiency and environmental health programs; working with leaders in the environmental justice movement at the Washington Office on Environmental Justice and Natural Resources Defense Council; and serving as a liaison to the Sustainable Communities Taskforce of the President’s Council on Sustainable Development. Sharon holds both a master’s in public administration and a bachelor’s in agricultural, resource and managerial economics from Cornell University.