Nathan Cummings Foundation Appoints New President and CEO

The Nathan Cummings Foundation has selected Sharon Alpert as President and CEO. Sharon is currently the vice president for programs and strategic initiatives at the Surdna Foundation, a 100-year-old family foundation focused on fostering just and sustainable communities throughout the United States. Under Sharon’s leadership, Surdna refreshed strategies across all of its programs, redesigned its office of grants management and launched a new communications department.

Sharon has more than 20 years of experience at the intersection of inequality and environmental issues. Having spent more than a decade with the Surdna Foundation, Sharon also 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.

In announcing the appointment, Adam Cummings, chair of the Nathan Cummings Foundation’s Board of Directors, said: “In our search for a President and CEO, we looked for a leader who will foster a culture of collaboration, advance our strategic direction, and reflect a personal passion for our mission. In Sharon, we found all three. Her decades of experience, keen focus on creative and collaborative philanthropy and excellent management abilities will move the foundation forward into the next phase of our work.”