Sharon Shapiro

Sharon Shapiro

Trustee and Community Liaison

Ruderman Family Foundation

Sharon Shapiro has been an active member of the Greater Boston Philanthropic community for many years. Her current projects reflect her family’s deep commitment to promoting disability inclusion in the Jewish community. She is also passionate about tackling a huge issue in our society, the crisis of mental health challenges. Sharon is working with the foundation to support organizations working in this field, especially with teens and college age students, by raising awareness and helping to expand impactful programs.

Sharon has made major contributions to inclusive Jewish education through many years of service on the Board of Directors of Gateways: Access to Jewish Education. She also served on the Board of Directors of Combined Jewish Philanthropy (CJP), as well as the organization’s Committee on Services for People with Disabilities and the Special Education Committee. She is also the past chair of the Miriam Fund at CJP. The Fund aims to inspire and strengthen women and girls through grants within and beyond the Jewish community. Sharon also serves on the Disability Task Force of Greater Boston. Active in a variety of Jewish organizations, Sharon is on the advisory committee of the Jewish Teen Foundation of Greater Boston (JTFGB), the board of Yachad, the board of Yeshiva Ohr Yisrael and runs their development committee. She is also on the board of the Touro Synagogue Foundation.

Sharon holds a BA from Boston University, a BS in Nutrition from Simmons College, and an MS in Nutrition from NYU. She was a registered dietician and worked in the field for several years before joining her family in their philanthropic endeavors.

She and her family belong to Maimonides Kehillah in Brookline, where she lives with her family.


Latest op-eds:


Strengthening Mental Health Support for Students

Psychology Today

Putting Wellness At the Center



Massachusetts sets standard for mental health but has no room to grow
Patch Boston




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