Shara L. Boonshaft
Director of Development
University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law
Shara L. Boonshaft returned to Baltimore in 2013 to launch a new career in nonprofit development following 10 years of practicing law for top firms in Washington, D.C. “I am proud that I had the courage to follow my heart.”
Boonshaft became the first director of development for the Ulman Cancer Fund for Young Adults and led the campaign to create the UCF House, free housing for young adults and their caregivers in east Baltimore expected to open later this year. “The house will not only serve an important need in young adult cancer care, but will also transform a distressed block and have a positive impact on the community,” she said.
Boonshaft moved to her current position at the University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law in 2016. She received her law degree from the school in 2002. She is raising funds for environmental and immigration clinics, scholarships, and other clinics that provide free legal support in the community, she said.
She remains active with the Ulman Cancer Fund as a member of its young professionals board, and has no regrets about changing to a development career because it has allowed her to make a positive difference in the community.
“I create opportunities for people and companies to support projects, programs, and initiatives that will have an impact on people and the community,” Boonshaft said. “I approach my work with a high level of passion, dedication, and genuine positivity.”