Rocket welcomes Sharra Owens-Schwartz as Senior Director of Inclusion, Diversity, and Equity
Rocket is pleased to welcome Sharra Owens-Schwartz, who joins us this week as our Senior Director of Inclusion, Diversity, and Equity. Sharra will help us elevate our RIDE program and lead the initiatives and programs focused on creating an inclusive environment, where Rocketeers are valued for their differences.
Sharra has committed her personal and professional life to the advancement of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion. She currently serves as Board Chair of the Diversity Committee at Belmont Day School. Most recently, Sharra served as the Director of Annual Giving at The Park School where she was responsible for raising 10% of the annual operating budget. While in this role, she was integral in the formation of an anti-racist task force to tackle and rebuild the development department with more inclusive practices and was on the team which assessed the School’s climate for inclusivity and multiculturalism. At The Heller School for Social Policy and Management at Brandeis University, Sharra held a leadership role on the advancement team and was a key contributor to the first-ever Diversity Strategic and Implementation Plan. Prior to these roles, Sharra held various communications and policy roles in the public, private and non-profit sectors. She earned a B.A. from Bethune-Cookman University and an M.B.A. from The Heller School for Social Policy and Management at Brandeis University. She is excited to be joining the team at Rocket to help build on the strong value foundation of empathy, humanity, trust and love and expand on the possibilities of what it means to be inclusive.