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CEO & Board Secretary

As a philanthropist, business advisor, and educator for most of her adult life, Sharon Douglas has taught at the K-12 and adult executive levels. A recent President of the Village of Lawrence Civic Association, she has served on innumerable charitable boards, including the National Council of Jewish Women, Five Towns Music and Art Foundation, Women’s Division of the Long Island Jewish Hospital South Shore, SIBS of South Nassau Communities Hospital, The American Jewish Congress, and the American Red Cross on Long Island. In 1999, she was a member of the delegation to the United Nations for the Anne Frank Declaration of Peace and has for the past two decades represented the Anne Frank Center at numerous events in England and the Netherlands, including receptions for the Anne Frank Trust UK with Prime Minister David Cameron and his wife Samantha Cameron in June 2011. A long-standing board member of the Anne Frank Center, Sharon has previously served as Interim Executive Director, currently serves as the Secretary of the Board, and, with her husband Preston Douglas, was the 2016 winner of the Spirit of Anne Frank Distinguished Advocates Award. Sharon holds a BA in Education, with graduate study at Queens College and St. John's University.

Senior Fellow

Elisa Rapaport has extensive experience with the Anne Frank Center, having previously served as Chief Operating Officer and on the AFC board of directors, advisory board, and fundraising committee. Prior to her career as a college professor of ethics and philosophy, Elisa was an accomplished graphic designer, creative director, and production manager in the printing/advertising industry and founded her own design and marketing business. Elisa has served on numerous nonprofit boards, including American Forests, the Walt Whitman Birthplace Association, and the American Red Cross, where she served on a National Council that developed a strategic planning initiative for philanthropy. For their nonprofit leadership through the Rapaport Family Charitable Trust, Elisa and Peter Rapaport received the 2013 Spirit of Anne Frank Distinguished Advocate Award and the 2015 Humanitarian Award from the American Red Cross. As an active nonprofit volunteer and major donor for many years, Elisa has worked extensively with the AFC executive committee of the board and with Sharon Douglas as a dedicated mentor and advisor to AFC staff. Elisa holds a PhD in Philosophy from the University at Buffalo, where she was awarded the inaugural George F. Hourani Fellowship in Ethics.

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Sharon Douglas at the UN chestnut sapling dedication, June 12, 2019, Anne Frank's 90th birthday


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