Sharon Ladin

Board President

Sharon Ladin dedicated her career in Washington, DC to working with and for organizations dedicated to improving the health and welfare of Americans in need.

Sharon began her career at the Children’s Defense Fund (CDF) where she served as the director of the Child Watch Visitation Program. In that role, she engaged a broad range of national organizations in child advocacy efforts, including AARP, the Association of  Junior Leagues International, the National Council of Negro Women, and the National  Council of La Raza. Sharon also served as a member of the CDF “Stand for Children” leadership team. Stand for Children was a national event that drew more than 500,000 children’s advocates to Washington, DC in 1996.

In 1997, Sharon joined the staff of the National Association of Children’s Hospitals and Related Institutions (now known as the Children’s Hospital Association). She directed the Association’s work in both child advocacy and grassroots/grasstops legislative  advocacy for 13 years. Sharon’s organizing work in the children’s hospital community contributed to successful campaigns to secure more than $1 billion in new federal funding for Children’s Hospitals Graduate Medical Education. Sharon also served as the advocacy and policy lead for the association’s Speak Now for Kids national campaign, which successfully utilized social media to collect more than 1,000 testimonials about the importance of children’s health care from across the country.

As the Director of the Antibiotics and Innovation Project of The Pew Charitable Trusts, Sharon successfully led a national grasstops advocacy campaign to pass the country’s first-ever law to incentivize the development of life-saving antibiotics. 

Following her campaign success at Pew, Sharon served as the director of the WETA public television Brainline project – an effort dedicated to providing information and support to individuals living with traumatic brain injury. In addition, Sharon led a team of nine field staff as the executive director of the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s legislative advocacy program. This group focused on engaging patients, families, and health care providers in advocacy efforts to improve patient access to care.

In addition, Sharon has provided consulting services to organizations across the country seeking to improve the effectiveness of their legislative advocacy and leadership engagement, including the Association of American Medical Colleges, Cook Children’s Medical Center, PhRMA, Cubist Pharmaceuticals, and Hospital Association of Pennsylvania.

Sharon has a B.A. in policy studies from Syracuse University and an M.A. in Public Affairs from the George Washington University. In addition to her volunteer work as a board member for Adaptive Adventures, Sharon is also a member of the board of Helping Hands: There After Foster Care.