Sharon Timmel joined NEFA in October 2015 as development manager and was promoted to development director in September 2018. Prior to joining NEFA, Sharon served as development and communications manager for ZUMIX, a nonprofit dedicated to empowering youth and building community through music and the arts. She previously held positions at More than Words, a nonprofit social enterprise that empowers youth through job-training, and BreakThru Radio, an independent online radio station. She formerly served on the board of directors of Calling All Crows, an organization that partners musicians with fans to create change through hands-on service and activism, specifically focused on women's rights. Sharon holds a BA in Communication from Villanova University, and an MS in Arts Administration from Boston University. Originally from Newtown, CT, she currently resides in Melrose, MA, with her husband.