Sharon Tiknis

Executive Vice President & East Division Manager

“Engaging dynamic leadership in moving nonprofits to a new level of relevance and impact is at the heart of transformational change.”

Sharon Tiknis has held leadership positions in the nonprofit sector for 35 years, developing distinguished philanthropic programs and assembling influential volunteer leadership teams to build organizational capacity.  Her work as an executive and serving as a consultant has resulted in raising hundreds of millions of dollars to meet community needs through philanthropic initiatives.

Having worked previously with The Alford Group, Sharon returned to the firm in 2014. Prior to her return, she worked with Children’s Home + Aid, spearheading a campaign that reached 50% of its $58.5 million goal in the first 18 months, and the National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation, where she led the overall organizational transition to a philanthropically centered, mission-driven educational not-for-profit. She has also worked with the Tony Award winning Alley Theater in Houston, the Honolulu Museum of Arts, and the College of Communications and Fine Arts at Central Michigan University. Her expertise spans all sectors of the not-for-profit industry, focused primarily on organizational change management to drive results, major gifts, campaigns, performance based organizational assessments and strategic planning.

Sharon is a Trustee of the Grand River Academy where she serves on the Executive and Finance Committees. She has received the Spirit of Detroit City Council Award, the Mayor’s Award for Outstanding Service in Houston, and YWCA Outstanding Young Woman Award, also in Houston.

Outside of her career, volunteer service and speaking engagements, Sharon enjoys the arts, gardening and spending time with family and friends.

Joined The Alford Group: 2006-2008, 2014

Select Clients:

  • Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Foundation
  • American Society of Gastrointestinal Endoscopy
  • American Planning Association
  • Community Foundation for Greater Buffalo
  • Madison Community Foundation
  • After School Matters
  • Miami City Ballet
  • Chicago Architecture Center
  • Connecticut Humane Society
  • HCA Hope Fund, Trinity Health
  • National Palliative Care Research Center
  • William Blair


  • Post-graduate work, University of Arizona
  • B.S. Behavioral Sciences and Business, Grand Canyon University
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