Lynn Margherio, Founder and CEO
Lynn brings to Cradles to Crayons more than 20 years of business consulting, public policy and nonprofit experience. As Executive Vice President of the William J. Clinton Foundation’s HIV/AIDS Initiative, Lynn helped launch and build President Clinton’s program to assist countries in the developing world to plan and implement large-scale HIV/AIDS care and treatment programs. The procurement services operation, which Lynn oversaw, negotiated agreements that reduced prices of key AIDS drugs and tests by 50-90% off the world’s lowest market prices, achieving global savings of hundreds of millions of dollars.
As a business strategist, she has advised Fortune 500 companies on growth strategies, competitive positioning, and investment/acquisition opportunities. Her career has also included public policy roles at the national and state levels. From mid-1997 to mid-1998, she directed the U.S. Commerce Department team that produced The Emerging Digital Economy report, the first U.S. government report to describe and measure the impact of information technology and the Internet to the longest peace-time expansion in history. In 1993 and 1994, Lynn served as a senior member of the health care reform team in the Clinton White House. Lynn graduated from Georgetown University. She currently resides in Cambridge with her husband Brian and children, Kyra and Eliot.
Boston Leadership Team
A strong, collaborative leader and a champion for children and families, Sharon was recognized by the Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce with a 2013 Pinnacle Award for her record of excellence as a nonprofit leader. As Executive Director of The Women’s Lunch Place, an organization that provides shelter, food, and services for women who are homeless or poor, Sharon oversaw a team of 22 and an operating budget of $3 million. In addition to running the ongoing activities of WLP, Sharon successfully led a $3 million capital campaign and shelter renovation project, a strategic planning effort, and an organization-wide review and evaluation of its programs. Prior to that, Sharon directed Community Relations and Public Policy at The Food Project and was responsible for building brand awareness and for creating effective models for engagement at the neighborhood and state-wide levels. These are only a few highlights among Sharon’s many achievements, skills and experiences.
Julie currently oversees individual and family giving, as well as the Cradles to Crayons Family Leadership initiative. Prior to joining C2C in November 2010, Julie worked at the Pine Street Inn where she served as their Director of Leadership Gifts for five years. With more than 12 years experience in senior development roles, Julie has overseen significant growth in donor subscription at each organization she has served. Julie holds a Master in Social Work from Boston College, B.A. from Stonehill College.
Ed joins us from the Vermont Foodbank, where he served for a decade as its Chief Operating Officer. In that role, Ed expanded the Food Bank’s distribution from a single central location to a multi-site network, increasing the reach, efficiency, and quality of the Foodbank’s services to the community. He was responsible for driving innovative initiatives such as the acquisition and operation of the Kingsbury Farm. This partnership with a local farmer leveraged the strengths of both partners, making locally-grown food more accessible to low-income residents of Vermont, while providing a recurring revenue stream to the Foodbank and increasing its visibility in the community. These and other initiatives, done in collaboration with business and community partners, have been recognized as national models in the sector. Ed draws upon his experience and insights about sustainability, quality and customer service from his operations consulting practice with for-profit clients, and his prior work at corporations including Maple Grover Farms, Bombardier Corporation and General Electric.