Our Leadership

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

Sharon Reilly, Executive Director

Sharon began her tenure at Cradles to Crayons in December, 2013. As Executive Director, she is a strong, collaborative leader and an effective champion for children and families.

Sharon brings a wealth of diverse experience to her position. Her professional career has crossed every sector from higher education to Fortune 500. Before joining Cradles to Crayons, Sharon served as Executive Director of the Women’s Lunch Place, an organization that provides shelter, food, and services for women who are homeless or poor. 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 statewide levels.

Sharon is a member of The Commonwealth Institute Executive Directors Forum, the College Club of Boston and a member of the board of directors of The Food Project and the Pine Tree Institute. She has received numerous honors, most recently a 2013 Pinnacle Award from the Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce for her record of excellence as a non-profit leader. A native Mississippian, Sharon is a graduate of Rust College and the University of Mississippi, Commonwealth Seminar, and the Boston College Executive Leadership Program.

Julie Anne Lima, MSW, Director of Development

Julie joined the Cradles to Crayons team in 2010. As Director of Development since 2013, she is a member of the organization’s senior leadership group and leads all fundraising efforts. With more than 15 years of experience as a development professional, Julie brings a unique blend of charisma, business skills, and passion for community service and social justice to her position.

A creative strategist and development manager with a history of success, Julie’s strengths include developing key relationships, creating effective stewardship strategies, consensus building, and creative problem-solving. Before assuming her current responsibilities, Julie served as Cradles to Crayons’ Director of Individual and Family Giving and worked previously as the Director of Leadership Gifts at the Pine Street Inn. She holds a Master of Social Work degree from Boston College and a Bachelor of Arts from Stonehill College.

Edward Fox, Director of Operations, Boston

Ed joined Cradles to Crayons as Director of Operations in October, 2013. An innovative, collaborative leader, Ed has overall responsibility for our warehouse operations, facilities, volunteer and event management, and our distribution partner relationships.

Ed came to us from the Vermont Food Bank, where he served for a decade as its Chief Operating Officer. In that role, He 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. This and other initiatives, accomplished 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 previous positions in the non-profit sector, his operations consulting practice with for-profit clients, and his prior work at corporations including Maple Grover Farms, Bombardier Corporation and General Electric. Ed holds a BA from St. Michael’s College.