For the last three years, Sharona Shuster has worked as a consultant for Ashoka, the world’s leading association of social entrepreneurs. At Ashoka, she has led grantwriting and research initiatives for innovative global maternal and infant health programs. Prior to that, she was the Representative for the Advancement of Women for the Baha’is of the United States, where she worked to strengthen U.S. policy and legislation pertaining to women and children’s global human rights. In 2004, Ms. Shuster conducted research on women’s international health, educational and political status for Save the Children’s “State of the World’s Mothers” report on child marriage and adolescent pregnancy. She has also worked as a clinical educator with at-risk youth, a director of a girls’ violence prevention peer-leadership program, and a program manager of community-based family health and education programs. Ms. Shuster has a Master’s degree in Education, with a concentration in Human Development and Psychology, Risk and Prevention, from Harvard University’s Graduate School of Education and a Bachelor’s degree in Social Psychology and Philosophy from the University of California, Santa Cruz. She lives in Washington, DC with her husband and two children.