Sharon Lovick Edwards

Sharon Lovick Edwards is the president of The Cornerstone Consulting Group, a national consulting firm specializing in providing strategic planning, organizational management and development, and programmatic guidance and execution. Since its inception in 1994, Cornerstone and Edwards have worked with a broad range of public and private agencies and organizations, including some of the nation’s largest and most prestigious foundations and philanthropic entities, to enable them to solve difficult problems and accomplish their goals.

Sharon has played a pivotal role in managing foundation strategic planning processes; in program development, design and execution; in constructing plans for major grant-making initiatives and conducting process evaluations to guide future investments; in launching and managing successful local, statewide, national, and multi-site initiatives; and in the formation of collaborative ventures. Her work with foundations and philanthropic organizations is informed by her extensive experience as both grant-maker and grantee.

Edwards has significant experience in a broad range of human service, community health, and organizational management issues. She possesses particular expertise in reproductive health, and is a nationally recognized expert on teenage pregnancy prevention. She has been involved in endeavors related to these issues that include developing groundbreaking initiatives and providing expert managerial and technical assistance.

Prior to founding Cornerstone, Edwards was Senior Associate of The Annie E. Casey Foundation, the nation's largest philanthropy exclusively dedicated to disadvantaged children. She helped the Foundation develop grant-making strategies that changed how poor children and families gain access to and participate in education, social, and health service systems. Sharon also served as Program Manager for the New Futures Initiative, a comprehensive youth services reform effort. In that capacity, she provided strategic and political advice and technical support to local governing collaborations seeking changes in citywide education and human services systems.

Among her many activities, she has served as Chair of the Board of the National Black Women’s Health Project, a Board Member for Reproductive Health Technologies Project in Washington, D.C. and has served as Chair of the Task Force on Teenage Pregnancy at The American Public Health Association, and on the Board of Directors of Cities in Schools in Houston, Texas.  She is a graduate of Leadership Texas. Additionally, her affiliations include membership on distinguished research endeavors including the Institute of Medicine, National Academy of Sciences’ Study Panel, “Role of Planned Childbearing in the Health and Welfare of Children, Women and Families”.  Currently she serves on the Board of the Brentwood Community Foundation and is a Trustee of the Rockwell Fund. She lives in Houston, Texas.

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