Please join Hope in welcoming its new President and CEO, Sharon A. Knight.
Bob Munroe, of Solvera Affordable Housing Partners and Board Chair for Hope Communities reported, “We are thrilled to have Ms. Knight join us. She is a respected leader in the community, who comes to Hope with rich experience in affordable housing, self-sufficiency programs, early child education experience, nonprofit leadership and business acumen. She will help Hope strengthen current programs and expand our reach with new development efforts.”
Sharon comes to Hope Communities from her successful nonprofit consulting business, Sharon Knight Consulting, which she started last year. The business provided her with a platform to offer a myriad of nonprofit services including executive search, coaching, fund development services, board governance training and project management.
Sharon established the consulting firm after leaving her post as President and CEO of Warren Village, a nationally recognized nonprofit offering transitional housing, with an early learning center, career track programs for residents and support services. During her five year tenure at Warren Village, the organization gained financial stability, revitalized family support programs and initiated a college to career program to guide parents to jobs with a livable wage. Sharon is well recognized for her efforts to strengthen programs, impact and community partnerships.
Before Warren Village, Sharon served as COO and Interim CEO of the Colorado Nonprofit Association. She was instrumental in developing a comprehensive program to help nonprofits demonstrate best practices, spearheaded the Colorado Generosity Project to increase philanthropy across the state. She developed key partnerships with business, government and the philanthropic community to advance community engagement and collective impact.
Prior to the Nonprofit Association, Sharon held positions as Executive Director of the Front Range Community College Foundation (FRCC) and Dean at Waubonsee Community College (WCC) in Illinois. While at FRCC, the largest community college in the state, she led four foundation boards across the Front Range and significantly increased revenues to benefit college programs, scholarship opportunities and capital development. While at WCC, she led the college foundation while providing leadership for its urban Aurora Campus, with 200+ employees and a wide array of associate degree programs. Charged with fully engaging with the local community, she served on 15 boards and worked diligently to strengthen relationships with key government, business, education and nonprofit entities.
Sharon has authored several major reports, articles for print and web publications and made presentations on leadership, fund development, nonprofit best practices and self-sufficiency programs across the country.
Sharon is passionate about the need to help individuals and families gain access to affordable, supportive housing, and is excited to leverage her skills to lead the Hope Communities team.