Sharon Shapiro

Trustee and Community Liaison, Ruderman Family Foundation

Sharon Shapiro has been an active member of the Greater Boston Philanthropic community for many years. Her current projects reflect her family’s deep commitment to promoting disability inclusion in the Jewish community. She is also passionate about teaching teens about philanthropy – serving on the Jewish Teen Foundation of Greater Boston (TFGB).

Sharon has made major contributions to inclusive Jewish education through many years of service on the Board of Directors of Gateways: Access to Jewish Education. She also serves on the Board of Directors of Combined Jewish Philanthropy (CJP), as well as the Committee on Services for People with Disabilities and the Special Education Committee, all at CJP.  She is also the incoming chair of the Miriam Fund.  The Fund aims to inspire and strengthen women and girls through grants within and beyond the Jewish community.  Sharon also serves on the Disability task Force of Greater Boston. Active in a variety of Jewish organizations, Sharon’s affiliations include President’s Circle of Amit and Yad Chessed.

Sharon holds a BA from Boston University, a BS in Nutrition from Simmons College, and an MS in Nutrition from NYU.  She was a registered dietician and worked in the field for several years before joining her family in their philanthropic endeavors.

She and her family belong to Maimonides Kehillah in Brookline, where she lives with her husband and their three children.


Voices from the Field

The Art of Working Together at Our Family Foundation

Posted on May 27, 2021 by Sharon Shapiro, Shira Ruderman

Courtesy of the Ruderman Family Foundation. From left to right is Sharon Shapiro, Jay Ruderman, and Shira Ruderman. “Do not go into business with family.” It is a common warning—and we could not disagree more. Our personal and professional worlds collided 20 years ago when we became sisters-in-law and, later, colleagues at the Ruderman Family Foundation. Growing up, both of… Read More