Sharon Smith-Mauney is an independent project management, communications and diversity specialist and award-winning writer with more than 20 years of experience working with nonprofit, public and private sector organizations. Her focus is working with groups that leverage diversity and inclusion strategies to create more innovative, impactful and sustainable organizations.  Her background includes extensive work with companies such as Cisco Systems, Toyota Financial Services, Wells Fargo, BBVA Compass Bank and Target as well as with nonprofit organizations such as the Mathematical Sciences Research Institute, Fearless, Women’s Network and Team-Up for Youth.

As Director of Diversity and Outreach for the United States Tennis Association, a post she held for 18 years, Sharon successfully launched a groundbreaking diversity and inclusion program, creating strategies, partnerships, initiatives and policies that paved the way for diversity and outreach practices that are still considered the gold standard throughout the USTA and the broader tennis industry. In addition, she has developed curriculum, created outreach programs and served as a diversity facilitator for organizations such as the National Consortium for Academics and the Solano County Department of Health among others. She recently served as National Director of Training for a national non-profit organization focused on creating programs and opportunities for children in low income, urban elementary schools. From 2005 to 2009 Sharon operated Black Goddess Communications, a cause-related, African-American and woman-owned public relations agency which she co-founded.

A self-proclaimed “barrier-breaker,” Sharon has been a long-standing community advocate for racial equality and has served on behalf of organizations such as the Coalition of Alamedans for Racial Equality and the African American Ethnic Sports Hall of Fame. She helped found the Alameda Multicultural Center, which is still active today. In addition to her work with non-profit and community organizations, Sharon is also an on-camera talent represented by MDT Agency in San Francisco. She has a BS in Journalism and Mass Communications and lives in Alameda, California with her husband of 27 years and college-aged son.