Sharon Alpert is The Nathan Cummings Foundation’s fourth president and first female leader. A seasoned philanthropic leader, Sharon has more than 20 years of experience at the intersection of inequality and environmental issues. Previously, Sharon served as the Vice President of Programs and Strategic Initiatives at the Surdna Foundation. Joining Surdna in 2004, Sharon rose from program officer to director of Surdna’s Sustainable Environments Program. Having spent more than a decade with the Surdna Foundation, Sharon brings with her deep experience working with a multi-generational family dedicated to social justice. Her service at the Surdna Foundation was defined by her commitment to collaboration, innovation, and creating a culture of learning. 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.


Voices from the Field

Letter to the Field: No Time for Business as Usual

Posted on May 25, 2017 by Sharon Alpert

These are extraordinary times. For more than 25 years, Nathan Cummings Foundation’s mission has explicitly named a commitment to democratic values and social justice, supporting the most vulnerable, respecting diversity and promoting understanding across cultures, and empowering communities. Today, we are facing assaults on the values we hold dear. … Read More