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Sharvell Becton

Washington, DC (301) 275-4498 sharvellbecton@gmail.com

SENIOR PROGRAM DIRECTOR / OFFICER


Emphasis in Grantmaking / Community Initiatives / Capacity Building
Versatile leader with proven record in successful strategy and execution of programs that position organizations for growth, revenue generation, social influence, and stakeholder value. Career of 18+ years marked by high profile roles managing program design and facilitation. Expertise in grants, fellowships, advocacy capacity building, diversity, community education/training, and social justice advocacy. Equally strong in community engagements, program research and development, and group facilitation. Proven ability to foster relationships with donors, key community leaders, legislators, and social justice activists and create a center of influence in resource alignment, board relations, and program growth. Expert in troubleshooting and negotiating change in sink-or-swim environments. Leverage business acumen, leadership integrity, project management and organizational skills. International Experience conducting advocacy and leadership programs in the Ukraine, Thailand, Turkey, the West Bank and Gaza, Ghana, Zimbabwe, and Namibia. Led advocacy work with NGO leaders from Macedonia. Community Engagement Community Outreach Team Leadership Program Design & Management Grant Requests & Reviews Public & Private Partnerships Program Expansion Resource Generation Donor Relations

CAREER EXPERIENCE
AMERICAN ASSOCIATION OF UNIVERSITY WOMEN (AAUW) Washington, DC 20082011 National organization including 501(c)(3) and 501(c)(4) committed to advancing equity for women and girls through advocacy, education, philanthropy, and research. Network encompasses 10,000 members/donors, 1,000 branches, and 500 college/university institution partners with 70 employees in DC. Awards $3.2+M annually in fellowships and grants. PROGRAM OFFICER, AMERICAN AND INTERNATIONAL FELLOWSHIPS Utilized strategic planning expertise combined with decisive leadership to build American and International Fellowship and Grant flagship programs awarding $2M+. Worked with Publications, Marketing, Finance, IT, and Development. Led successful transition of the fellowship application review and selection process from an in-person forum to an accessible online process while retaining 95% of scholar panelists for continued support. Bolstered outreach beyond the AAUW network for the biennial Eleanor Roosevelt Award Program through women's organizations, blogs, Idealist.org, and other venues, invigorating formerly passive program to achieve a 25% growth in outreach and 50% increase in nominees (individuals/non-profits). Helped launch an international small grant program that garnered a strong pool of applicants. Researched and designed program components, application materials, reporting processes, and protocols. Consistently surpassed AAUW/governmental standards of excellence, meeting all organizational deadlines. Lauded for cross-departmental teamwork and cooperation on performance evaluations. Led process improvement initiative that streamlined final reporting processes for fellows and grantees. ADVOCACY INSTITUTE / INSTITUTE FOR SUSTAINABLE COMMUNITIES (ISC) Washington, DC 20002007 Advocacy Institute was a capacity building organization with $2.5M budget; assets were purchased by ISC, 2006. SENIOR PROGRAM DIRECTOR Joined Advocacy Institute during transition stage and shortly after a $25M grant from the Ford Foundation. Led multiple program design and facilitation teams for domestic/international advocacy capacity building programs for social justice (15 to 75+ participants per program). Interim Lead, Leadership for a Changing World (LCW) Program. Managed donor relations with U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), the Ford Foundation, Independent Sector, and more. Reporting directly to the President, managed domestic partnerships with the National Council for Nonprofit Associations and Maryland Association of Nonprofits and international partnerships with Ukraine Citizen Action Network.

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Secured $500K+ in grants for domestic/international advocacy, policy, and leadership training programs. Captured/maintained new short-/long-term advocacy training contracts ($2.5K to $300K). Led advocacy training/capacity building in the Ukraine to ISC activist groups working in education, human services, philanthropy, HIV/AIDS. Championed dynamic advocacy and drove change from a formerly rigid hierarchy to empower/unite activists for a greater impact with their government and media. Played critical role in the fulfillment of the organization's goals by participating on executive search team for a new President/CEO. Steered seamless transition of Advocacy Institute assets to ISC. COMMUNITY FOUNDATION FOR PALM BEACH AND MARTIN COUNTIES West Palm Beach, FL 19952000 Seeks to enhance the quality of life for all residents by promoting effective delivery of programs and services to donors and grantees. Serves 2 large and diverse counties in south Florida. SENIOR PROGRAM OFFICER Carried out the primary mission of the Community Foundation in directing activities of the Ford Foundation-funded diversity initiative involving 20 community foundations and overseeing the grant-making and convening aspects of the Human and Race Relations Program. Directed the Dwight Allison Fellows Community Awards Program. Provided strategic planning, leadership, and vision to found 501(c)(3) non-profit, "Toward a More Perfect Union," to facilitate better understanding among segregated neighborhood communities through race relations dialogues. Rallied government, business, and media support to fund communitywide initiative. Elevated the Community Awards Program by cultivating relationships with NBC affiliates and Palm Beach County. Produced 2 acclaimed TV documentaries that drove program visibility across Channel 5 market. PLANNED PARENTHOOD OF THE PALM BEACH AREA West Palm Beach, FL 19931995 Planned Parenthood affiliate (named Planned Parenthood of Greater Miami, Palm Beach, and Treasure Coast) that works to ensure broad public access to quality reproductive healthcare through direct service, education, and advocacy. DIRECTOR OF EDUCATION AND TRAINING Directed community outreach strategy to increase visibility and effectiveness of affiliate Education and Training programs. Directed re-certification process. Supervised diverse staff of 5 personnel. Achieved 99% re-certification rating based on national standards on education, training, and marketing. Increased community outreach programming 50%. Enhanced affiliate visibility and access within the school community through strategic partnership building. Established a nonprofit night within the music and arts festival that attracted thousands of attendees. Galvanized support and led effort that saved a Planned Parenthood clinic in a lower income neighborhood. Created "Teen Rap" program that provided a safe, age-appropriate education/dialogue space for teenagers. Consulting Experience: Consultant, Advocacy and Leadership Program Design and Facilitation Washington, DC 20072008 Advised on program design and facilitation: W.K. Kellogg Food & Fitness Initiative (9 communities nationwide); Center for Lobbying in the Public Interest (CLPI); and Leadership for a Changing World (LCW)Ford Foundation.

EDUCATION
Bachelor of ScienceCommunication Disorders, Hampton University, VA Adult Education/Human Resources Development Studies (MS program), Florida International University, Miami, FL Raiser's Edge, Sharepoint, Microsoft Office Suite (Word, Excel, Outlook, Access)

LEADERSHIP & VOLUNTEER EXPERIENCE


WAMU 88.5 Community Council Ward 4 Neighborhood Volunteer Greater Washington Fellowships Roundtable Montgomery County, Maryland Public Schools Study Circles ProgramVolunteer Facilitator Independent Sector Annual MeetingPresenter National Council of Nonprofit Associations Annual MeetingPresenter Leadership Palm Beach County Leadership Miami