Sharon is a global community builder with over 15 years of experience strengthening local leaders around the world to protect our natural water resources. Her talents as a cross-cultural communicator, creative strategist, and fundraiser have helped grow global and local environmental NGOs in budget and impact. As a published environmental economist, including with the United Nations Environment Program, she has helped improve policies for environmental protection. Sharon is a leader and mentor skilled in developing systems and processes for efficient teamwork and measurable outcomes. She has lived in five countries and has traveled for work and pleasure in countless others around the world. Since childhood, Sharon has had a passion for coral reefs, marine life, and island communities and now strives to spend as much of her free time as possible among these elements. She is a PADI certified diver and proud mother of two young men pursuing their education and career goals in energy and environmental sciences.