Sharon Ward

Director | Pennsylvania Budget and Policy Center

Sharon Ward was the Director of the Pennsylvania Budget and Policy Center from 2006 to 2014. She received her BA from the State University of New York at Albany, and pursued an MS in Political Science with a concentration in statistics and methodology at the Rockefeller Institute of Public Policy. Sharon has worked as an advocate on behalf of children, consumers, and the environment for more than 20 years. She was the Director for Advocacy and Child Care Policy for Philadelphia Citizens for Children and Youth and has worked as a community organizer and issue advocate for the New York Public Interest Research Group and Citizen Action of New York. In 1989, she was elected to the Albany City Council, where she served for eight years. At the Pennsylvania Budget and Policy Center, Sharon plays a vital role in educating policymakers, community groups, and the public on state budget and tax policies. She blogs at