Honoree: Janet Sharma

Janet Sharma is Coordinator of Age-Friendly Englewood, a coalition of 50+ organizations working together to help residents age with dignity and independence in their homes. . She served as Executive Director of the Volunteer Center of Bergen County from 1993-2015. Under her leadership the organization became one of the largest and most successful Volunteer Centers in the country, achieving the designation of Volunteer Center of Excellence by Points of Light. She also headed the Bergen County VOAD (Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster) and led a Hurricane Sandy recovery project that raised and distributed more than $10 million to help Bergen County residents recover.

Prior to joining the Volunteer Center, she served in marketing and development roles at Dwight- Englewood School and Holy Name Hospital.

Mrs. Sharma currently serves on the Boards of Felician University and Flat Rock Brook Nature Association. She is a member of the N.J. Governor’s Advisory Council on Volunteerism and Service, Bergen County Human Relations Commission, the Advisory Board of the Russell Berrie Awards for Making a Difference, Sax Founders Award, and Englewood Rotary Club.

For her leadership of the Bergen County Hurricane Sandy Recovery Project, she received the leadership awards from the Meadowlands Regional Chamber, WCBS-880, Bergen County Council of Churches, Children’s Aid and Family Services, and Community Health Law Project. In 2011, she was named a “Woman of Distinction” by Senator Robert Menendez, who honored her with the Evangelina Menendez Trailblazer Award in memory of his mother. Her civic leadership has also been recognized by the Bergen County Freeholders, South Bergen Rotary, Little Ferry Council, Girl Scouts of Northern New Jersey, Junior League of Bergen County, and the Urban League Guild.

Mrs. Sharma resides in Cresskill with her husband, Sansar, a research scientist and professor at New York Medical College. Their two grown children (and one adorable grandson) live in Denver and Houston.